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UPDATE: Rail line reopened in Fults after 14 car derailment

8:33 AM, Jul 26, 2011   |    comments
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Fults, Illinois (KSDK)--   Clean-up and repairs continue in southern Monroe County Illinois, following a weekend derailment that sent more than dozen cars off the Union Pacific tracks and spilled tons of coal.

The incident happened in Fults Illinois about 40 miles southeast of St. Louis Sunday evening and as of Tuesday morning one set of tracks is back in operation and a second remains closed.

All of the cars involved reportedly contained coal being shipped into Joppa Illinois from a Wyoming coal mine.  

Tons of coal are now dumped along the tracks where the derailment occurred. No injuries reported and no evacuations were necessary.

Crews worked throughout the night Sunday and Monday to continue repairs on the 550 feet of damaged track on two separate lines that were impacted by the derailment.

One line reopened at 12:30pm Monday afternoon and the second line is expected to reopen to rail traffic later today.

The cause of the derailment has not been determined at this point in the investigation.

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