No injuries reported; investigation under way
One crew offloaded boxes of M&M’s candies as another crew began clearing the track after the last two cars of a southbound BNSF Railway train derailed north of Krum at about 1:15 p.m. Thursday.
Krum firefighters responded to reports that refrigerant may have been leaking from one of the cars. No injuries were reported.
Firefighters found no spill or other hazardous materials, according to Capt. Brad Sebastian.
From the scene, it appeared that a worker may have thrown a switch early where the tracks go from one line to two, Sebastian said.
“The last two cars went to the left side while the rest of the train was on the right side,” Sebastian said. “It [the train] carried them slowly down the line until the curve and then it yanked right off.”
One car was overturned. The other car, while derailed, was still upright when firefighters arrived, he said.
Joe Faust, spokesman for BNSF, said the cause of the accident remains under investigation. The company had a team on scene to assess the situation.
“We don’t have an estimated time when the track will be reopened,” Faust said.
The company was already working on a plan to reroute some of its train traffic that would be affected by the line’s closure.
This is the second time this year a train has derailed near Krum.
On July 22, seven cars of a 37-car freight train heading southbound from Tulsa, Okla., to Fort Worth derailed near Krum Jackson Cemetery. That derailment damaged trees, but no injuries were reported.
Those cars were carrying sand.
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