Line open to train traffic after derailment, K-9 still closed

Courtesy KDOT
Courtesy KDOT

FRANKFORT, Kan. (KSNT) – All lanes of K-9 in Frankfort will remain closed as cleanup work continues from Monday’s Union Pacific coal derailment in Frankfort. According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, K-9 will remain closed between the K-77 junction at Blue Rapids to the K-99 junction south of Frankfort.

Crews worked through the night to remove rail cars and coal from a derailment in Frankfort that occurred on Monday. Crews had to replace about 500 feet of track that was damaged as a result of the derailment, it was originally thought to be one thousand feet.

The line was back open to train traffic at 9:45 Tuesday morning.

At around 9 a.m. Monday, 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.  No injuries were reported.

Heavy equipment to move the derailed railcars and repair track that was damaged as a result of the derailment arrived around noon and crews worked through Monday and through the night to clear the railcars and repair any track damage.

KDOT says it is estimated that K-9 is tentatively scheduled to reopen sometime on Sunday June 7, weather permitting. Drivers in the mean time should expect delays and use alternate routes until then.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

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