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No injuries in Nebraska City derailment of 11 rail cars

Posted at 3:16 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 17:50:13-04

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — A derailment left one rail car half-submerged in water and two others on a creek bank in southeast Nebraska.

Union Pacific spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza said Thursday that the incident occurred around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday on the east side of Nebraska City, just west of the Missouri River. She says it’s not yet clear what caused the three cars and eight others to leave the track, which is owned by a grain company that operates a grain elevator nearby.

Espinoza says the three locomotives and 110 cars were bound for Amarillo, Texas.

Nebraska City Volunteer Fire Department Chief Rob Schreiner says no one was injured.

Schreiner says a trestle was all but destroyed, but he can’t say whether it caused the derailment or was damaged by it. He says the derailed cars were carrying corn.

Gavilon grain company spokesman Patrick Burke says the company owns the track but can’t provide any information about the derailment.