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Train derailment in West Quincy impacts passenger train to Chicago

WEST QUINCY, Mo. (WGEM) — A BNSF train derailment in West Quincy has impacted an Amtrak passenger train to Chicago, Amtrak officials say.

Andy Williams with BNSF said the westbound train derailed around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Cars could be seen off the track just north of Highway 24, behind the West Quincy Ayerco.

Williams said the train had 70 cars in total and was mixed freight with nothing hazardous.

12 cars were off the track in total, five were on their side, Wiliams said.

The derailment did not affect nearby traffic on roads and Wiliams said there were no injuries.

Some of the train cars were idle on the BNSF train bridge over the Mississippi River.

Marc Magliari with Amtrak told WGEM News that due to the train derailment in West Quincy, Amtrak had to charter buses to Chicago.

Magliari said the buses could not make the same time as the train and passengers would experience delays.

Amtrak expected to resume normal operations Tuesday evening, Magliari said.



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