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Archive for Friday, December 14, 2007

Crews clean up after train derails

December 14, 2007

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Train derails in east Lawrence

Six train cars derailed early this morning in east Lawrence. Crews from Burlington Northern Santa Fe were on the scene today east of 11th and Haskell trying to determine what caused the accident. Enlarge video

Burlington Northern Santa Fe workers repair tracks near 11th and Haskell after an early morning derailment on Thursday shut down the main line.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe workers repair tracks near 11th and Haskell after an early morning derailment on Thursday shut down the main line.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is trying to determine what caused six train cars to derail early Thursday on a side track in east Lawrence. The cars, which were carrying wheat, did not overturn, BNSF spokesman Steve Forsberg said.

The derailment occurred at 12:30 a.m. east of 11th Street and Haskell Avenue. There were no injuries or collisions. "The train was only moving at a speed of 4 mph when the cars derailed," he said.

Forsberg speculated that the train was going to take the cars to Kansas City before they would be sent to another destination. Crews worked all day Thursday repairing the tracks and were to continue Thursday night.

The city of Lawrence closed 11th Street east of Haskell, and Douglas County closed County Road 1550 on the east side of the derailment. They will remain closed until track repairs are completed.

Comments

its_getting_warmer 6 years, 4 months ago

yea log, it is better to keep everything on the highways where 18 year olds driving SUVs can have a run at them.

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logrithmic 6 years, 4 months ago

Good thing the cars weren't carrying radioactive waste or some chemical hazard. Many do not realize that the railroads carry radioactive waste to the Yucca Mountain storage site.

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