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Train derails in Keokuk


KEOKUK, Ia (WGEM) — Several railroad cars carrying coal derailed off the railroad near the Keokuk-Hamilton bridge Monday morning.

BNSF spokesperson Andy Williams said that the derailment happened at 2:05 a.m. at Victory Park, near Water St.

Police and BNSF railroad crews arrived on the scene to survey the damage and clean up.

Williams said the train had 130 cars and 13 of those cars derailed, with four falling over. He said crews were working to pull away the cars that weren’t derailed and, if possible, to put the derailed cars back on the tracks. He said the coal that was being transported would either be put back on the cars or hauled away in a truck.

Police on scene said there were no injuries.

Williams said the target time to have the tracks reopened was 9 p.m. Monday. He said time sensitive freight would be rerouted until the tracks reopened.

Monday morning traffic was diverted in the area.

Workers trying to get to the power plant were asked to take the Hamilton, Illinois side.

Richard Denson

Richard Denson is the Morning Content Producer for WGEM News.

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