Derailment Causes Scare, but No Injuries in Sikeston

SIKESTON, MO - Officials continue to look into the cause of a train derailment that caused a scare yesterday near Sikeston in southeast Missouri.

The derailment forced the evacuation of residents and businesses within a two-mile radius because one of the cars was carrying a wood preservative that contained the chemical amine, a compound also used in pesticide.

But authorities determined the tanker held about 90 percent water, reducing the danger.

Burlington Northern-Santa Fe owns the railroad and the train, which was bound for Minneapolis, Minnesota, from Memphis, Tennessee.

No one was hurt, but rail cars were bunched together like an accordion, and some sections of track were ripped from the rail bed by the force of the derailment.

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