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DE SOTO, MO — A Union Pacific train derailment occurred on Tuesday, April 24, damaging about 200 feet of track. Union Pacific workers arrived on the scene to survey the damage.

Seven Union Pacific cars derail in De Soto, MO on April 24, 2012 damaging about 200 feet of track.

Officials said that seven train cars derailed at about 9:30 a.m in De Soto near the Hopson Lumber Company along South Main Street. No injuries were reported, according to Jefferson County sheriff’s Capt. Ralph Brown.

Location of Union Pacific train derailment in the 900 block of South Main St. in De Soto, MO. reports:

Mark Davis, a spokesman for Union Pacific Railroad, said the 58-car freight train was transporting ballast rock (the kind that lines railroad tracks) from Iron Mountain, Mo., in St. Francois County to St. Louis when it derailed. He said the railroad’s dispatch center was alerted to the derailment at 9:40 a.m.

Davis said the track is expected to reopen about 11 p.m. Tuesday. The derailment damaged about 200 feet of track. Some of the train’s other cars were sent on St. Louis.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.

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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