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Cause of November train derailment in Grantville was wheel bearing failure, railroad says

January 3, 2013

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A wheel bearing failure on a rail car was the cause of a November 12 Union Pacific train derailment in Grantville, about 25 miles west of Lawrence, according to Mark Davis, Union Pacific spokesman.

No one was injured in the accident involving a 119-car train that was transporting coal from Wyoming to Illinois.

However, one house was damaged when a 4-foot piece of rail went through the house, Davis said.

The piece landed on the bottom bunk of a bunk bed, and a child was sleeping on the top bunk.

In November 2011, 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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