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Train Derails at Williford

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 ~ Updated 1:29 PM

Photo/Tammy Curtis Crews with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad work to clean up a derailment near Highway 58 at Williford Jan. 23. 28 cars and an engine derailed during the early morning hours. No one was injured in the accident.
A large Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSFE) train hauling double decker trailers derailed near the Williford Bridge around 2:30 a.m. Jan. 23. According to crews on the scene, including members of the Sharp County Sheriff's Department and BNSF workers, 29 cars were derailed including an engine. No one was injured in the accident and the cause has yet to be determined.

BNSF Crews on the scene from various clean up agencies from Memphis, Little Rock have been hauling in heavy equipment and cranes all day to move the cars off the track. Although one law enforcement source on the scene verified there were hazardous materials on at least one of the cars, they are contained and not leaking. As protocol, crews are utilizing dry up materials near the Spring River.

Per BNSF safety protocol the engineer of the train has been tested for drugs and alcohol. The identity of the trains engineer was not revealed.

One witness said BNSF crews were working on the stretch of track where the accident occurred earlier in the week.

The clean up may take as many as three days, as a large portion of the track was destroyed in the derailment. Due to the large amounts of heavy equipment being brought in, creating a potential traffic hazard in the area while loading and unloading the machinery, motorists are asked not to travel in the area unless it is necessary.

The Villager Journal will continue to update this story as details become available.

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