Union Pacific train derails in Lincoln Heights, 17 cars off track

While the trains are back up and running again, crews with Union Pacific continue to clear the tracks after a train derailment in Lincoln Heights over the weekend.

The derailment, which happened Saturday near the intersection of San Pablo Street and Valley Boulevard, ended with thousands of empty boxes being left behind by cargo thieves.

No one was injured and the cause of the derailment of the 17 cars remains under investigation.

On Monday, Union Pacific officials tell FOX 11 there has been a huge increase in cargo thefts, with at least 90 containers being broken into every day across Los Angeles County. Leftover cartons, boxes and packages are left behind after thieves break into containers and pull out the goods.

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Could the piles of debris play a factor in the incident? It is highly unlikely since locomotives are heavy enough to rip through anything on the tracks.

Still, there is a possibility, according to experts. 

Below is our interview with the experts following the weekend derailment in Lincoln Heights:

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