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No injuries or hazardous spills reported after train derails in Pottawatomie County

As many as 150 crew members worked Friday to clear the wreckage from a derailed train that occurred on Thursday. There is no word yet as to what caused the train to come off the tracks.

July 8, 2010, 4:03 p.m. Updated July 8, 2010, 8:38 p.m.

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A train car lies on tracks in Pottawatomie County. The Pacific Union Railroad coal train derailed on Thursday morning about five miles northwest of Onaga.

A train car lies on tracks in Pottawatomie County. The Pacific Union Railroad coal train derailed on Thursday morning about five miles northwest of Onaga.

— A Union Pacific Railroad coal train derailed in northeast Kansas, but no injuries or hazardous spills were reported.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis told KMAN that 23 cars of the coal train derailed Thursday morning about five miles northwest of Onaga in northern Pottawatomie County. The tracks eventually lead through Lawrence.

Davis said the train was going from Wyoming to southeast Missouri. He said the area is one of the busiest corridors for Union Pacific, with about 32 trains a day going through the location.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 9 months ago

Not sure the headline is accurate, either, Jon (hey! I didn't think you did this any more).

LJW HL says "no ... spills", and story says "no ... hazardous spills". You could have a mountainous spill and not have a hazardous spill. Just sayin'.

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Jonathan Kealing 3 years, 9 months ago

Thanks guys. That spelling error came from AP and we didn't catch it. Should have. Sorry!

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Paul Geisler 3 years, 9 months ago

That's an easy one to remember too because it is often referred to as "Pott" county. And it's as simple as a google search for Pottawatomie, KS! In my mind there's no excuse for that error!

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Kent Fisher 3 years, 9 months ago

FYI, the spelling is "Pottawatomie."

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