Archive for Monday, November 12, 2012

No injuries, but a close call in train derailment near Grantville

November 12, 2012, 11:05 p.m. Updated November 13, 2012, 12:02 p.m.


No one was injured when a Union Pacific train derailed Monday night just north of the city limits of Grantville.

Union Pacific train derailment

Union Pacific coal train derailed late Monday night in the city limits of Grantville. Twenty-three coal cars were involved in the accident. Grantville is about 25 miles west of Lawrence, along U.S. Highway 24. Enlarge video

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig said officials received the call about the derailment about 9:35 p.m. Grantville is about 25 miles west of Lawrence, along U.S. Highway 24. It is a few miles east of North Topeka. The derailment occurred near the intersection of Front and Wilson streets, said Mark Davis, Union Pacific spokesman.

Twenty-nine coal cars of the 119-car train — transporting coal from Wyoming to Illinois — were involved in the accident.

One house was damaged when a piece of four-foot piece of rail went through the house, Davis said.

Herrig said it was very lucky there were no injuries from the derailment because the piece of the rail landed on the bottom bunk of a bunk bed, and a child was sleeping on the top bunk.

Both roads leading into the town were closed Monday night, and Herrig said he was unsure when the roads would reopen.

About 160 feet of the tracks will need to be replaced. One of the lines will be opened by 11 a.m., but when the second line will be opened hasn't been determined, Davis said.

The cause of the derailment has not been determined.

Almost a year ago, a freight train derailed near Grantville, spilling 32 cars off the rails. Twenty-two 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.

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This is the estimated location of a Monday evening Union Pacific train derailment in Grantville.


5thgeneration 4 years ago

I'm in awe over the fact that the child was spared possible fatal injuries by a few feet. Hug that child, and don't let go tonight.

riverdrifter 4 years ago

Man, that's a bad one. Might've been a pull-apart in the welded rail due to shrinking in the cold. Time will tell.

Beth Bird 4 years ago

I am so glad the child was not hurt. That had to be very scary!

riverdrifter 4 years ago

I'm still thinking it was a pull-apart. The four-foot chunk of rail into the house is tell-tale.

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