Nebraska Crews Handle Derailment

LINCOLN, Neb. --


Emergency crews in Lincoln were called to a trail derailment at the Burlington Northern rail yards early Tuesday morning. There was concern that an overturned railcar was leaking chlorine gas.

Lincoln Fire Department Battalion Chief Bruce Sellon said the derailment involved 23 cars and happened just west of the Highway 77 overpass on the western end of Lincoln around 2 a.m. Fifteen of the cars ended up on their side. All were empty except for the car carrying the chlorine gas.

Once the hazardous materials crews moved in, they determined there was no leak, Sellon said. A private contractor has been called in to deal with the chlorine and to repair the tracks.

As a precaution, traffic was shut down on Rosa Parks Way, West O Street and Highway 77 in the area while the situation was assessed. No evacuations were ordered.

No one was injured in the incident and there was no immediate word on the cause of the derailment.



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