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UPDATE: Train Derails In McPherson County

KSAL Staff - September 25, 2014 7:13 am

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Two Union Pacific freight trains collided in central Kansas but no injuries or major hazardous waste spills were reported.

The collision occurred early Thursday in McPherson County between Galva and Canton.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says an eastbound train hit the back of a westbound train that was moving onto a side track to let the other train pass. The trains were flat cars carrying ocean-going containers packed mostly with consumer goods.

A train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago had two locomotives and five rail cars derail, while 15 cars and a locomotive on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles derailed.

Davis said it wasn’t clear how much track was damaged or when the line will be reopened. About 20 trains use the line every day.

ORIGINAL: Officials are working the scene of a train derailment early Thursday morning in McPherson County.

McPherson County authorities say that it happened at around 6:00 in the morning,  north of 1400 24th Avenue between Canton and Galva. The derailment involved two trains.

Officials tell KSAL News that a train headed east struck a stationary train which was heading west. Both trains were pulling flat cars carrying ocean-going containers. One train was heading from Chicago to Los Angeles and the other was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago.

Investigators are being brought in to determine and exact cause of the incident.

Fire crews from Canton, Galva and McPherson all responded to the scene. Neither train was hauling hazardous materials, but  diesel fuel that spilled from one of the trains was cleaned up. The Kansas Highway Patrol assisted at the scene, both on the ground and in the air.

There were no injuries.

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