4 coal cars dump their loads upon derailing in Keokuk

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say coal spilled from rail cars that derailed near Victory Park along the Mississippi River in Keokuk.

A jumbled mess of more than a dozen coal cars and disconnected wheelsets blocked vehicular traffic near the tracks after the derailment. The accident occurred around 2 a.m. Monday under the Main Street/U.S. Highway 136 bridge between Keokuk and Hamilton, Illinois.

No injuries have been reported. The cause is being investigated.

BNSF Railway spokesman Andy Williams says four of the 13 loaded coal cars that derailed rolled onto their sides, spilling their loads, but the coal didn't reach the river.

Williams says repair crews expect to have the line back open by 9 p.m. Monday.

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