Derailment Sparks Blaze
Jeff Garretson - Sun 05:31 PM 07/29/2012
A train derailment west of Salina sparks a field fire on Sunday afternoon.
According to Saline County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Appel, about twenty-five Union Pacific train cars loaded with coal - derailed off a track near the intersection of Muir Road and Old 40-Highway.
The 109 car train, powered by three engines, was eastbound when the accident occurred around 2:30pm.
Members of Saline County Rural Fire District #3 responded to the scene and put out the fire which was burning in a wheat stubble field. About two acres were scorched.
There were no injuries.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation, although the weather and extreme heat may have played a role in the incident.