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Highway Reopened After Train Derailment Dumps Coal Onto Road

CUMBERLAND, Ky. (AP) - A state highway in eastern Kentucky has
reopened after a train derailment dumped near 100 tons of coal onto
the road from a bridge, police said.
No one was injured in the derailment, but the coal spill forced
authorities to close Kentucky 179 on Saturday morning.
The crash occurred on a bridge that stretches over a portion of
KY 179, across from Cumberland's Southeast Kentucky and Community
Technical College.
Officials said the derailment occurred when a railcar's door
slid open. When the coal started to spill out, the weight from the
escaped tonnage pulled it off the bridge, where it crashed down on
top of the highway, officials said.
Garrick Francis, a CSX spokesman, said Monday that one of the
railroad cars involved had tipped on its side and another was
leaning. There were no injuries in the derailment, which occurred
at about 11:15 a.m. EDT Saturday, Francis said.
The track was cleaned up and back in service by 6 p.m. Sunday,
Francis said.
Police said Monday that Kentucky 179 had reopened.
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Information from: Harlan Daily Enterprise,
http://www.harlandaily.com

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