Train Derailed in Peoria County

Published 04/28 2014 05:57PM

Updated 04/29 2014 08:20AM

LAURA - After straight line winds rolled through Central Illinois, crews responded to a train derailment in western Peoria County.

It happened in the small town of Laura.

“A series of train cars, it kind of goes like a domino effect. Once one goes it kind of pulls a lot of them along with it,” said John Hamann, interim director of Peoria County Emergency Management Services.

The BNSF Rail line looked more like scattered cars rather than a train.

"We've got approximately 40 to 45 rail cars off the tracks. We understand that the train was in motion headed to the west," Hamann said.

The cars were reportedly carrying dry goods and household items. Some hazardous material was on the train, but none in any of the cars that tipped over. Crews from the BNSF arrived shortly after to assess the damage, which didn't end there.

"About 12 power lines down. Just west of here just down the road a little way. Ameren, is already on the scene evaluating," Hamann said.

No one was injured in either incident. Peoria County reports that Laura Road was closed between Route 78 and Elmore Road.

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