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“Like a speeding locomotive,” described how quickly a BNSF Railway train derailment was cleaned up last week.
At 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, a northbound train heading toward Quincy derailed for unknown reasons, according to BNSF regional spokesman Andy Williams.
“They will do an investigation to determine the cause,” Williams said.
Two locomotives and 16 cars on the mixed freight train jumped the track, but all of them stayed upright, Williams said.
The derailment occurred five miles south of Clarksville on the east side of Kissinger Hill and was not visible from Hwy. 79.
No one was injured, but BNSF crews rushed to the scene to deal with the incident.
“We had trains that needed to get
through,” Williams said. “They came in and got it done. They cleaned it up very quickly.”
The track was reopened at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, Williams said.
The amount of equipment and speed with which it was dispatched to fix the problem was impressive, according to Clarksville Mayor Jo Anne Smiley.
“Their trucks were all over the place and they were parked two deep on Front Street,” along the city’s riverfront, Smiley said.
“They came in with lighting equipment and worked overnight. They did it in a hurry.”