Crews are still working to clear off railroad tracks in Marshall County after a train derailed Monday morning.
At about 9 a.m. Monday morning. A Union Pacific train derailed from its tracks. According to witnesses, they heard a high pitched whistle, and then a pop of the breaks.
“I guess this is the second time I’ve seen something like it here in 25 years,” said Ken Jones, Frankfort resident.
Ken Jones owns a business off K-9 close to the railroad tracks on the west side of Frankfort. He was going into work, when he noticed something strange. “I thought I was seeing things at first and then I thought – that railroad car is laying on it’s side,” said Jones.
Union Pacific says one of its 137 car railroad trains was carrying coal from Wyoming to Texas when 12 of the cars left the tracks. No one was injured. Coal spilled out of the cars and onto the tracks.
“Even though the coal comes from the ground, it will still need to be removed from the area,” said Mark Davis, spokesman for Union Pacific.
According to Union Pacific, about 50 trains use this railroad in Frankfort every day, and with a thousand feet of rail road to replace, they are not sure when this will be back up and running.
“Those trains would either be detoured or held right now until that line is reopened,” said Davis.
There is no official cause of the derailment, yet. Union Pacific has not set a time when the railroad will re-open.
But for the small community of Frankfort, it has been an eventful day.
“It’s just a lot of excitement for a small town I guess. Everybody’s wanting to see what happened. They’ve never seen anything like that,” said Jones.
At about 9 Monday morning a Union Pacific Railroad train going from Wyoming to an electric utility in Texas with 137 cars loaded with coal, experienced a 12 car derailment blocking 2nd St. (K-9) in Frankfort. A spokesperson from Union Pacific tells Kansas First News there were no injuries. Heavy equipment to move the derailed rail cars and a repair track that was damaged as a result of the derailment is enroute. Crews will work through Monday and through the night to clear the railcars and repair any track damage. There is no estimated time as to when the rail line will reopen and the cause of the derailment is under investigation.
According to the Kansas Department of Transportation all lanes of K-9 in Frankfort in Marshall County is closed due to the derailment. As of 10:45 Monday morning, K-99 is now open to all traffic.
At this point in time it is unknown when K-9 will be reopened. Drivers should expect delays and must use alternate routes until further notice. We will let you know when K-9 is reopened to all traffic.