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Train Crash in Wilson County - KOAM TV 7

Train Crash in Wilson County

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Photo Courtesy: Ross S. Relph Photo Courtesy: Ross S. Relph
Photo Courtesy: Ross S. Relph Photo Courtesy: Ross S. Relph
Photo Courtesy: Ross S. Relph Photo Courtesy: Ross S. Relph
Photo Courtesy: Ross S. Relph Photo Courtesy: Ross S. Relph
BENEDICT, KANSAS -

A Wilson County truck hauling gravel collided with a northbound train at the crossing on K-39 near Benedict this morning, sending three people to the hospital and causing K-39 to be closed for at least several hours.

Wilson County Emergency Manager Terry Lyons said eight empty cars and two engines derailed after colliding with the truck, driven by Road and Bridge Department employee. The derailed train cars completely blocked the highway.

Fredonia firefighters responded as diesel fuel was leaking from the train and a backhoe was brought in to stop the leaking.

The male driver of the Road & Bridge Department truck and two train employees were taken to local hospitals. 

Traffic will be rerouted for at least several hours, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Repair of the tracks will potentially cause delays for traffic in the coming days.

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