Railroad cars derail near Hannibal

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 | 7:56 p.m. CDT

HANNIBAL — Several railroad cars derailed in eastern Missouri on Tuesday along the Mississippi River.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway spokesman Andy Williams said the 124-car train was traveling from St. Louis to West Quincy when about 30 jumped the tracks early Tuesday 2 miles south of Hannibal. No injuries were reported.

Williams said the train was carrying a variety of goods, including particle board, wheat and flour. The train also contained four hazardous material cars, some of which also derailed. But Williams said all of those cars were empty and none overturned.

Williams said crews were surveying the scene late Tuesday, and the cause was under investigation.

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