If you were waiting for a special-order new GMC Sierra or Jeep Gladiator to show up at a West Coast dealership, you might have to wait a little longer. Unfortunately there was a train derailment in Lincoln County, Nevada, yesterday, and some of the victims were brand-new pickups.
Shared initially on the Facebook page for the county sheriff, you can clearly see that some of the damaged car carriers were carrying some Jeep Gladiators and GMC Sierra pickups. Most likely these were heading towards a California dealership. These high-dollar items, while damaged, seemed to hold up pretty well. If you ever wanted to see what a Gladiator would look like on its roof, you have your answer.
One of the concerns would be if any of the Jeep Gladiators on the train were some of the 4190 Launch Edition trucks that had special badging and unique features exclusive to the truck. We reached out to Jeep earlier today to find out, and a spokesperson told us, “FCA US is committed to supporting our impacted customers and dealers by replacing vehicles in a timely manner. Our team is hard at work to remedy the situation as quickly as possible. We’re also glad to see that there are no reported injuries. As this is a Union Pacific incident with an open investigation under way, we cannot comment further at this time.”
So while it doesn’t say which Jeeps were on the train, it should be reassuring that customers will be taken care of properly. We can also assume the same for the GMC trucks that were on board. This is why insurance exists, and while accidents like this unfortunately do happen, taking care of the customers should be the top priority.
Now, if only we could get one of those totaled Jeeps and put a Hellephant engine in it.
[Images: Lincoln County / Facebook]