Sunday derailment back on track quickly at west Rockdale location


There was a train derailment at the western Rockdale city limits Sunday afternoon but you had to look pretty quickly to find it.

Oneemptycarofawestbound Union Pacific freight train derailed just after 3 p.m. near the Western Hill Road crossing just west of the city limits.

The site was determined to be just out of the city limits and the Milam County Sheriff’s Department was notified.

Train traffic returned to normal around 9 p.m.

ARRESTS—Only one felony arrest was recorded during the week, according to police.

Jose Ruelas Jr., 18, of Rockdale was charged with burglary of a habitation in connection with the theft of a cell phone.

He remains in custody in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Police served six warrants during the past week including Rockdale Police Department warrants for violation of a city ordinance, two for failure to appear and one for changing lanes when unsafe.

Police served a Milam County warrant for theft of property by check and also served the following out-of-county warrants:

• Lubbock County, DWI bond forfeiture.

• Williamson County, theft of property by check.

ACCIDENTS—No injuries were reported in two traffic accidents investigated by police during the past week.

Vehicles operated by Joseph Coones, 61, of Bryan, and Christy Walker, 29, of Rockdale, were in collision at 6:19 p.m. March 20 at McDonald’s. Damage estimates were not available from police.

Police were called to a twovehicle injury at 4:05 p.m. Friday in the Super Walmart parking lot.

Drivers were listed as Heather Kelly, 19, of Caldwell and Ashley Karl, 30, of Rockdale.

Damage estimated were not available from police.

OFFENSES—Police made a an arrest on a charge of simple assault after answering a domestic call.

A theft of 150 feet of welding cable was reported during the week.

Other offenses investigated dur ing the repor ting per iod included possession of dr ug paraphernalia, fraudulent use of identifying information, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and no driver’s license.

CITATIONS—Traffic tickets issued during the week included 56 for speeding, five for expired MVI sticker, four for no liability insurance, three for driving on the wrong side of the roadway and one each for running a stop sign and using a wireless device in a school zone.

One citation each was issued for animal at large, assault and disorderly conduct.

SERV ICE CA LLS—Police responded to 170 calls for service during the past week and 82 calls through the 911 system.

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