DOUGLAS COUNTY, Kan. — A coal train derailed near Lawrence, Kansas on Friday shortly after 5 p.m. in dramatic fashion as seen from drone footage obtained CBS news.
Officials say there were no reported injuries but a large amount of coal did spill.
The derailment occurred near the intersection of U.S. Highway 24-59 and North 1900 Road.
Deputies were notified about 5:10 p.m. Friday that a coal train derailed just north of North 1900 Road north of Lawrence, on the Union Pacific tracks.
“Approximately 20 cargo cars detached from the engine and derailed which caused significant damage to the rails and the railroad crossing at North 1900 Road. A large amount of coal spilled.” — Douglas Co. Sheriff’s office
Union Pacific staff arrived on the scene about 6:30 p.m. nearby Grant Township was contacted about setting up barricades to shut down North 1900 Road on the east and west side of the crossing.
Officials worked through the night continually into Saturday morning where operations continue. This will be a days-long clean up.
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