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Derailed train in Downtown Austin removed

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — The two freight cars that derailed Wednesday morning and hit the 300 North Lamar apartment complex have been removed, and the Union Pacific train is gone.

Crews are waiting for an 18-wheeler to haul the two empty cars away. However, the Amtrak passengers who were waiting for their 10 a.m. train were bused to the Fort Worth area.

Amtrak managers said the equipment for Wednesday’s 7 p.m. scheduled train arrival will not be ready, so those passengers will have to be bused to San Antonio.Buses will also be provided to accomodate these riders.

The train hit the cement support of the building’s balcony Wednesday at 9:19 a.m. Officials were afraid it would affect the structure of the balcony, and firefighters evacuated the apartment as a precaution. The structure itself is safe.

The derailment happened at Third and Baylor streets.

Both of the derailed cars were empty, but the other 79 were carrying corn.

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