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MCPHERSON, KS. – Two empty tanker cars fell off the tracks after a train derailed on Friday morning, Feb.17, on a spur of the Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad between Woodside and Euclid streets in McPherson.

Rail car being lifted following Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad train derailment in McPerson, KS on February 17, 2012. Photo credit: Ken Ward/McPherson Sentinel

According to Capt. Mike Terry of the McPherson Police Department, the derailment occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Friday, halting the train and shutting down the spur.

Map shows location of Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad train derailment in McPerson, KS between Woodside and Euclid Streets on February 17, 2012.

The Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad, owners of the track where the accident occurred, had to wait eight hours for the equipment to arrive from outside the area in order to right the derailed cars.

Terry said he had been told righting the derailed cars took about three hours and a thorough inspection of other cars on the train was required before reopening the spur.

The incident remains under investigation.

Source: McPherson Sentinel

FELA Lawyer News Blog is a FELA, train accident and personal injury blog that publishes up to date train accidents and FELA legal news from across the United States. The Federal Employers ‘Liability Act, (FELA) allows injured railroad workers to recover compensation based on the negligence of the railroad company, in lieu of workers’ compensation. FELA defines negligence as the railroad company’s failure to use reasonable care.

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