Train derails at Highway T junction in Swedeborg, hazmat incident possible
By: Darrell Todd Maurina
Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 9:56 am
Swedeborg's main intersection has been closed by this train derailment.
SWEDEBORG, Mo. (April 6, 2010 UPDATED 11 a.m.) — A BNSF freight train has derailed with about 10 cars off the track and possibly several cars overturned.
Missouri Department of Transportation personnel announced at 10:33 a.m. that they have closed Highway 133 from Highway BB, which is by the Pulaski County Western District road shed, to Highway T in Swedeborg.
According to reports from the scene, “some kind of petroleum product” is leaking. St. Robert firefighters with hazardous material gear have been called to assist Crocker and Tri-County firefighters. Fort Leonard Wood personnel are also on standby and Waynesville firefighters are responding for crowd control.
Preliminary reports are unclear but it currently appears than 10 cars have derailed. Initial reports were that the cars were off the track but had not overturned; it now appears that some of the cars may in fact be overturned.
The incident began about 9:30 a.m. As of 9:50 a.m., everyone except firefighters in full protective gear has been told not to approach the train cars to determine; law enforcement personnel have closed the junction of Highway T and Highway 133 and are telling all people in the area to back off at least 100 meters.
A medical command is being established at the Swedeborg School by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel in case they are needed.