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Train spills sand, syrup, and molasses

EAST DUBUQUE, ILLINOIS (KWWL)--  A train derailed in East Dubuque Wednesday night, spilling sand, molasses and syrup.

Authorities in East Dubuque say the BNSF train derailed around 6:30 Wednesday night.

A regional spokesperson for Burlington Northern Santa Fe says the train had 66 cars total, and two locomotives.

12 cars left the track.  Most of the cars were carrying sand.  One was carrying molasses, and the other car was carrying corn syrup.

Crews spent their Thanksgiving Day cleaning up the mess.  One main railway was expected to be open early Thursday afternoon.  The second main track is estimated to open around midnight.

The train was from Minneapolis, Minnesota; and headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Authorities are still looking for what led to the derailment.

The train was originally reported to have caused a gas leak on 4th Street in East Dubuque.  BNSF officials say the train actually hit gas lines to a switch heater, which keeps ice off the track.  The fire department was called as a precaution.

Online producer:  Adam Amdor


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