UPDATE: More than 20 cars in coal train derail in west JamestownTwenty-one cars in a 123-car Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway coal train derailed Sunday on the west side of the railroad yard in west Jamestown.
Twenty-one cars in a 123-car Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway coal train derailed Sunday on the west side of the railroad yard in west Jamestown.
Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County emergency manager, said the derailment happened shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday. BNSF called the Law Enforcement Center to report the derailment at about 7:30 a.m. There were no injuries.
An eastbound BNSF freight train was traveling through Jamestown fully loaded with coal. The 21 cars located toward the front of the train derailed and spilled their coal over the railroad yard tracks. The railroad yard is BNSF property — as is the gravel road bordering it. The gravel road continues west from Second Street Southwest.
“It all happened on their property,” Bergquist said.
The Jamestown Police Department assisted with traffic control closing parts of 17th Avenue Southwest and other affected roadways. And as the railroad yard is outside the city limits, the Stutsman County’s Sheriff’s Department was also at the scene. The railroad crossing at the far west end of the yard was cleared at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Amy McBeth, BNSF director of public affairs.
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