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Published December 12, 2010, 02:46 PM

Coal train derails near Jamestown

Jamestown, ND (WDAY TV) - Crews in Jamestown are working around the clock to clean up a massive mess from an early morning train derailment. The train, carrying coal, came off its tracks as it was coming into the city.

Of the 123 cars the train was carrying, 22 of them came off its tracks, spilling tons of coal all over the Jamestown rail yard.

Robert Opp: "We got lucky that no one was injured, involving the derailment. There was not hazardous material. So we got lucky on two counts."

The train de-railed around seven thirty this morning. Each car was carrying 110-tons of coal. Now, more than 2-thousand tons are scattered around the train yard.

Parts of 17th Avenue and 2nd Street Southwest and Fourth Street Northwest are blocked off. The cause of the derailment is still under investigation. Crews say they will likely have the main track open sometime tomorrow morning. The train was on a B-N-S-F rail line.