Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Train Derails in Topeka

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Train Derails in Topeka

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A Union Pacific freight train derailed Wednesday morning just northwest of downtown Topeka, authorities said.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which occurred about 7:15 a.m. just west of N.W. Crane and Topeka Boulevard.

The derailment site was on a curve where tracks cross the Kansas River immediately west of the Topeka Boulevard Bridge and south of the Kansas River.

Jeff DeGraff, director of media relations for Union Pacific railroad, said 16 empty railroad cars derailed on the curve when traveling north.

The railroad cars were on its sides just south of a large railroad bridge that spans the Kansas River.

DeGraff said the Union Pacific engine was pulling 80 cars. The 16 that derailed were located near the middle section of the train.

DeGraff said the 16 cars that ended up on its sides were in the process of being moved off the track about two hours after the derailment. …

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