Coal Train Derails In Southeast Iowa

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Nearly two dozen cars derailed when a loaded coal train struck a road grader that had been driven onto railroad tracks in southeast Iowa Monday morning.

Des Moines County Sheriff's Department Lt. Brett Grimshaw says the accident occurred a little after 8 a.m. about a mile northwest of Danville. He said the grader was being used for repairs on nearby U.S. Highway 34 and had been backed onto the tracks. The grader operator was tossed about 40 feet by the train's impact and was checked by medics.

BNSF railroad spokesman Andy Williams said two locomotives and 21 of the 135 cars being pulled derailed. Williams said the two tracks at the site are out of service until the spilled coal is removed and any track repairs are finished.

Danville is 150 miles southeast of Des Moines.