Freight cars dumped in Mississippi River after BNSF derailment

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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Yesterday morning did not start well for a BNSF crew piloting a freight train along the banks of the Mississippi River in East Dubuque, IA. Rolling through this scenic area, the crew spotted a boulder on the track ahead and hit it, derailing the locomotive and around 12 cars, several of them in the river, according to a report by the Telegraph Herald. Fortunately, the crew was not injured.

There was no evidence of anything leaking in the river. The cars that ended up in the river were empty auto carriers, according to a BNSF spokesperson who emailed the Telegraph Herald. There was a report of the derailed locomotive leaking fuel, but it was not on the river side of the line.

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