September 20, 2014

Train derails near Edgerton

Mark Taylor
Special to The Gardner News
A BNSF freight train partially derailed south of 207th Street in Edgerton on Feb. 28.
Andy Williams, director of public affairs for BNSF, said the derailment involved one set of wheels on one car of a “mixed” freight train.
The derailment happened at 3:10 p.m. and was cleared about 11 hours later.
“The car that derailed was back on the track, and the track was cleared at 2 a.m.,” Williams said. “Everything should be back to normal.”
The westbound train was headed to Denver at the time of the derailment.
No one was injured, and damage was limited to concrete railroad ties that have since been replaced.
The cause of the derailment is under investigation.
Williams declined to disclose specifically what type of freight the train was hauling.
“It was mixed freight of all kinds,” he said. “We don’t usually release what we haul.”
Williams said an order to reduce speed to 25 mph was issued where the derailment occurred, but that order was released on March 1, and trains were back to normal speed.
Traffic on the other track that runs through Edgerton was delayed for a short time for inspection.
“It was really a minor incident,” Williams said.

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