A train derailed in Andrew County early Saturday, putting a stop to railroad traffic and closing one road.
Andy Williams, with BNSF Railway, said 31 cars carrying coal derailed at about 3 a.m. Saturday. The train, he said, was headed southwest at the time of the accident. No one was injured, and the cause of the derailment is under investigation.
The accident happened just south of the State Route K and County Road 392/375 intersection near Amazonia, Mo.
Andrew County Sheriff Bryan Atkins said Route K was closed from Camp Geiger north to County Road 392/375 while crews clean up the wreck.
“They’ve got quite a mess down there,” he said of the accident. “... (Railroad crews) are working to unload equipment so that they can go down and clean it up and get their track back open so they can get the trains that are all stacked up north of here back to running again.”
Mr. Atkins said he hadn’t been to the scene yet, but BNSF and equipment officials told him it could take up to 48 hours to clear and repair the railroad.
“There will have to be track replacement done,” he said. Crews on Saturday afternoon were unloading multiple tractor-trailers of railroad ties on Route K near the scene.
Since crews will be working in the area, Mr. Atkins asked motorists to try and avoid Route K from Camp Geiger to County Road 392/275 for at least the rest of the weekend.