Coal train derails in Cleburne

October 9, 2009 10:16:27 AM PDT
A 100-car Burlington Northern Santa Fe coal train has derailed in a downtown Cleburne rail yard, spilling the train's cargo and closing the heavily traveled track. Cleburne city spokesman Charlie Hodges says 44 of the coal-laden cars derailed about 6:45 a.m. Friday, dumping coal all over the railbed.

Spokesman Joe Faust of Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF said no injuries nor hazardous spills resulted from the derailment. He has no immediate details on what caused the derailment.

Faust says the train was carrying coal from Wyoming's Powder River Basin coal fields to the W.A. Parish Power Plant at Smithers Lake in Fort Bend County, 25 miles southwest of Houston. The Texas Genco plant is a 3,000-megawatt, coal-fired plant that burns more than 11 million tons of coal per year.

Hodges says Amtrak, which uses the rail line, will move passengers around the derailment site by buses between Fort Worth and Temple.

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