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First publish date: 05-10-2006
BNSF Stack Train Blown Over by Kansas Winds
Strong winds from a line of thunderstorms caused a BNSF Railway train to derail about two miles north of Belle Plaine, Kansas on Tuesday.
According to BNSF Railway spokesman Steve Forsberg, sixteen double-stack intermodal wells were toppled during the storm at 03:40 CST on Tuesday morning. The train, S-LPCLUB1-07, was enroute from Chicago, Illinois to Lubbock, Texas, when it encountered winds in excess of 60 miles-per-hour, according to the National Weather Service reporting stations in the area.
The cars that left the tracks were carrying empty Hanjin double-stack containers.
No injuries were reported and the cleanup is expected to be complete Wednesday.
BNSF has been rerouting and detouring trains around the wreck site via Augusta, Kansas and Avard, Oklahoma.