No injuries were reported in a Union Pacific train derailment that occurred late this afternoon (Aug. 10) west of the Larry G. Crites Memorial Park (formerly West City Park) in Festus.
However, Old Hwy. A will be closed while some of the railroad cars that tipped over are removed from the scene. Authorities said they did not know how long that would take.
The derailment was reported at 4:12 p.m., after 11 of the 89 train cars tipped over. The train was using three engines, none of which tipped, Festus Fire Chief Kevin Cremer said.
He said two employees were on the train – a conductor and an engineer.
The railroad cars were carrying ballast rock, so no hazardous materials were involved, Cremer said.