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Derailed train clean up complete

UNION GAP, Wash -- The mess from the train that derailed Sunday night is gone. Only orange cones and yellow police tape remains.

Monday afternoon workers began lifting the fallen train cars back on the track. As a precaution, the Yakima Sheriff's Office, which sits just a few hundred yards away the tracks, was evacuated.

YSO says the transition to other locations went smoothly. "It was really seamless," said David Thompson.

Beginning at 2:30 pm, phones, workers and 911 dispatch call were transferred to police stations in Zillah and Selah. "Today with the ability to utilize our similar dispatching systems, with the phone transfer technologies" said Thompson,  "we can just get up and go anywhere."

By mid-night, the train was back on the tracks, and YSO was back in there headquarters.

YSO says a transition like this to another location would not have been possible ten years ago. But recent investments in communication technologies made it possible