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Train derails near Iowa Street and Lakeview Road

Wednesday's training nearly had some practical applications earlier in the morning as a train went off the tracks in northern Lawrence.

September 24, 2008, 12:10 p.m. Updated September 24, 2008, 4:17 p.m.


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A BNSF train on a railroad spur in northern Lawrence derailed Wednesday morning.

The derailment was reported at 11:37 a.m. near the intersection of Iowa Street and Lakeview Road, near the Westar Lawrence Energy Center.

Several BNSF employees were on scene investigating. One of the train workers said two wheels of the engine and one wheel on a tanker car behind it had both left the track, but both cars remained upright. The employee attributed the derailment to mud that had built up on the track and to rotten rail ties. Multiple railroad cars were attached to the train.

Police were on the scene directing traffic and diverting traffic both on Iowa Street heading north, and on Lakeview Road heading east, but the scene was cleared at 12:52 p.m., a dispatcher said.


Chris Ogle 9 years, 8 months ago

Law enforcement officials undergo train-crash trainingTrain derails near Iowa Street and Lakeview RoadDifferent articles, same day.

acg 9 years, 8 months ago

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sjschlag 9 years, 8 months ago

These "accidents" will increase, as rising fuel prices are causing businesses to look at rail transport again. I'm all for it! The more trains the better!Look for awkward train movements to come back to mass street...trucks are becoming more expensive.

Steve Jacob 9 years, 8 months ago

"Rotten rail ties" Don't they check these thing often?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years, 8 months ago

This is actually the second derailment at that location in the last few months. It has two strikes against it, it is on a curve and up a grade. Also, industrial sidings and spurs get the minimal maintenance due to the cost of these repairs and the need to keep the mainlines safe for their 80 mph trains. I would hjope to see BNSF maintenance crews at that location soon taking care of the problem since there are switching movements nearly every day at that crossing which can block traffic and force some to have to use the roundabout roulette route on Kasold.

webmocker 9 years, 8 months ago

Rotten mortgages? Don't they check those things often?

Paul Geisler 9 years, 8 months ago

srjYeah, I'm sure they check the hundreds of thousands of railroad ties one by one! But only when no trains are coming!Have you ever walked on railroad tracks around here and seen how old and worn out a lot of the railroad ties appear to be? My wife and I recently took an Amtrak train to Santa Fe, NM and we were surprised to hear the train staff explain that they have to slow down to less than 10 mph for a few miles in several spots in the Rockies because the tracks are so crooked and in such poor condition!

bearded_gnome 9 years, 8 months ago

Xbusguy,yeah, must be a conspiracy...false flag to distract us from the purchase of lhs band uniforms! ***they have been replacing ties in this area, quite a lot. guess they didn't get to this stretch yet! now, they know where this problem is I guess!

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