Wynne Evacuation

August 29, 2003 -- Posted at 8:15 a.m. CDT

WYNNE, Ark.  --Authorities in Wynne evacuated residents of nine homes overnight after a coal train derailed yesterday evening near a natural gas pumping station.

No one was hurt, and the evacuation was a precaution.

The Union Pacific train dumped coal from eleven cars onto the lawns of nine houses near the center of the city. Officials said the train bound for Memphis, was going 15 miles per hour through a curve when some cars went off the tracks.

Nine of the eleven open-top cars that derailed flipped onto their sides and dumped all of their loads. The train included 124 hopper cars to haul coal.

The derailment affected a residential area in Wynne, north of downtown. About 25 people were moved from the nine homes to the city's central fire station. Union Pacific then put the families up in hotels.

Officials say it will take days to clear the spill.

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