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Nov 27, 2010 6:25 PM by James Amos

Coal train derails near Pueblo Airport

A coal train bound for Texas derailed east of Pueblo Saturday morning, crashing 32 rail cars and spilling tons of coal.
The accident happened near the intersection of U.S. 50 and Baxter Road, near the Pueblo airport.

A spokeswoman for the BNSF railroad said no one was hurt in the accident and no hazardous materials were spilled.
The accident happened at about 8 a.m. A witness said the train was headed east and dragged two rail cars on their side for several hundred yards before it could stop.

The railroad spokeswoman said the railroad is still looking into what caused the accident. Crews at the scene seemed to be looking at a rail switch.  The train was more than a mile long, 6300 feet, and started in Wyoming.

The BNSF expects the rail line to reopen Sunday morning.

Aerial photo by John Wark.

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