Archive for Friday, February 4, 2005

Freight train derails in Franklin County

Car engulfed in flames; crewman hurt

February 4, 2005

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— A westbound BNSF Railway train rear-ended a second westbound train Thursday afternoon, derailing 10 cars -- including one that was engulfed in flames -- and injuring one crewman.

An earlier report that a third train was involved in the accident was incorrect, said Steve Forsberg, a spokesman for BNSF. He said an eastbound train was able to stop before hitting the wreckage.

Railroad cars burn Thursday along the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe
Railroad in Wellsville. A westbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Corp. train rear-ended a second westbound train, derailing several
cars and injuring one crewman.

Railroad cars burn Thursday along the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in Wellsville. A westbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. train rear-ended a second westbound train, derailing several cars and injuring one crewman.

The first train had stopped on the tracks when the second train hit it, Forsberg said. Six cars from the first train and two locomotives and the first two cars of the second train derailed.

Forsberg said the cause of the accident was still being investigated.

The derailment occurred on the railroad's main line, a set of parallel tracks, about 45 miles south of BNSF rail yard in Kansas City, Kan. The tracks run along Interstate 35 at that point, about a mile east of Wellsville.

A crewman on the train that rear-ended the westbound train was taken to an Ottawa hospital but his injuries were minor, Forsberg said.

One of the trains was hauling automobiles; the other was pulling intermodal freight containers. Forsberg said one train was hauling materials that are technically classified as hazardous, such as paint, but there were no chemical tanker cars in any of the trains.

Forsberg said the two locomotives that derailed tipped over onto a second track, so both tracks were closed. He estimated it would be early Friday before at least one track opened.

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