(Miami County, Kansas – August 15, 2012)
A 106-car Union Pacific grain train traveling between Colby, KS and Corpus Christi, TX derailed 23 of its hopper cars loaded with wheat early Wednesday morning at about 1:45 A.M. near Osawatomie, KS, dumping at least three of the cars into the Marais Des Cygnes River. The site was in the area of West 347th Street and Lookout Road, just east of Osawatomie and Highway 169.
UPRR Spokesman Mark Davis said no cause had been determined nor was there any estimate of how long the line, which handles nearly 20 trains a day, would be out of service. One of the factors that will need attention will be the condition of UP’s bridge across the river, as it will need inspection and either approval to operate trains across it or will have to undergo repair.
Union Pacific will be detouring trains normally using the tracks affected by the derailment onto parallel routes until the tracks can be re-opened to rail traffic.
The Miami County Sheriff’s Office and Miami County Emergency Management Dept. both responded to the accident and are still on the scene.