Coal train derails east of Jefferson City

Sunday, February 6, 2011 | 7:53 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Railroad crews have been cleaning up coal that spilled after 40 rail cars derailed in mid-Missouri.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said the train derailed Saturday east of Jefferson City. No injuries were reported.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reported the train consisted of 136 fully-loaded rail cars and was hauling coal from Wyoming to Kentucky.

Davis said Sunday that the cause of the derailment is under investigation. He said the cleanup was expected to be completed by midnight Sunday.

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Ellis Smith February 7, 2011 | 6:29 a.m.

As has been pointed out in prior comments, Union Pacific hauls a lot of coal as "unit" (all same cargo and rail car type) trains. UP makes decent annual profits.

Note that the coal spilled was coming from Wyoming and was going to Kentucky, a state traditionally known for mining coal. Interesting.

On the other hand, a brick manufacturer in central Indiana is burning pulverized coal from Kentucky because the of the Kentucky coal's lower sulfur content (when Indiana coal of higher sulfur content is located within a few miles of the brick factory). Go figure.

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