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Train cars derailed at Rockview for second time this year

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe engine sits on the railroad tracks where railcars derailed Monday afternoon, April 22, 2013 near Rockview, Mo. This is the second train derailment near Rockview this year.
(Laura Simon)
Two derailed train cars are seen near Rockview, Mo., on Monday. The derailment was the second so far in 2013 near the Scott County town.
(Samantha Kluesner)
ROCKVIEW, Mo. -- Another train derailed Monday in Rockview on tracks shared by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific rail companies.

The derailment happened at about 4:30 p.m. at a curve; four railcars were thrown from the tracks. Two fell onto their sides and a white powdery substance spilled from a container.

Several Burlington Northern crews were on the scene working to assess the situation.

"It sounded like the train was coming right through my kitchen," said Carol Gribbler, whose backyard is adjacent to the derailment site. Gribbler is no stranger to the sound of a derailment, saying she knew what was happening before she stepped out her back door.

There was no word on the cause of the derailment late Monday afternoon.

In January, a Union Pacific train traveling in the same area was derailed by a strong wind gust. It was initially unclear if the Burlington Northern train was traveling on the same set of tracks recently repaired after the previous derailment.

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Rockview, Mo.

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