Coal train derails, diverts Amtrak service
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Railroad crews have been working since Saturday afternoon to open up train tracks that have blocked by the derailment of a coal train east of Jefferson City.
According to Union Pacific Spokesman Mark Davis the accident occurred at 2:30 p.m. Saturday
The train was going from Wyoming to Kentucky with 136 fully loaded cars.
Forty of the cars derailed near the Gasconade River.
No injuries were reported and none of the coal or train cars went into the river.
By 7 a.m. Sunday, all the cars were cleared from the tracks.
Davis said they believe it will take until about noon to get the coal cleared from the tracks. Then, crews will work to replace around 400 feet of rail on one track and 1500 feet of rail on the other track which was torn up from the derailment .
He said one track should be replaced by around 4 p.m. but crews were not sure when the second line would be open.
The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.
Davis said any of their rail traffic that needed to go across the state was detoured to other lines.
MoDOT reported that the Amtrak rail passenger service was cut off because of the derailment so those passengers were being taken to their destinations by bus until the tracks could be cleared and repaired.