Archive for Tuesday, November 15, 2011

32 train cars derail near Topeka

November 15, 2011, 8:44 a.m. Updated November 15, 2011, 5:10 p.m.


— Workers are replacing 1,200 feet of damaged railroad track near Topeka where 32 cars from a pair of freight trains derailed.

No injuries were reported from the derailment just after 11 p.m. Monday. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports crews were aiming to have the tracks reopened by Tuesday night.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says 22 cars of a 142-car train hauling coal from Wyoming to Illinois went off the tracks first. A 122-car train bound from Kansas City, Kan., to Salina then hit the derailed cars. Ten empty cars of the westbound train then went off the tracks.

About 600 feet of track in each direction had to be replaced. Crews used heavy equipment to move the damaged cars and scoop up the spilled coal.


guess_again 6 years, 6 months ago

More details were available at Capital-Journal a couple of hours ago:

32 UP rail cars derailed near Grantville Posted: November 15, 2011 - 7:39am By The Capital-Journal

GRANTVILLE — Cleanup is underway of 32 railroad cars near here after cars that left the rails from an eastbound Union Pacific train derailed cars from a westbound one late Monday.

UP Spokesman Mark Davis said no injuries were reported in the incident about 11:10 p.m. Monday when 22 hopper cars from a 142-car hauling coal from Wyoming to East St. Louis, Mo., left the rails. Ten empty cars from a westbound 122-car train then derailed.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the mishap is under investigation, and crews were working to restore train traffic by late afternoon after workers replace about 600 feet of track on each line.

lgreen17 6 years, 6 months ago

I thought it was really quiet this morning in north lawrence!

pace 6 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like a miracle that no one was hurt.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 6 months ago

Uh, sorry, there are no Amtrak trains on that line.

Liberty275 6 years, 6 months ago

I see our leftist native american chiming in, expecting you to apologize instead of actually caring whether people were injured. I expect nothing more of him. He is about as petty a human being as can exist.

I'm with you and glad they weren't Amtrak cars and that humans weren't killed.

Mike Ford 6 years, 6 months ago

falsehopenosmarts is dumb.....let him apologize for himself....

riverdrifter 6 years, 6 months ago

Only 200 yards of track torn up indicates that one train was stopped or moving very slowly on the siding and the other wasn't moving very fast either. A loaded run-through unit coal train doing 45 mph in a derailment would easily tear up a quarter to a half mile of track. Unless the locomotive consist derails nobody's going to get hurt as there are no waycars (cabooses) on the rear end anymore.

riverdrifter 6 years, 6 months ago

BTW, it happened near Grantville Road in north Topeka, not at Grantville. Difference.

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