Train Derails in SE Texas

Friday, Jul 1, 2011  |  Updated 9:27 AM CDT
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Train Derails in SE Texas

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A train has derailed in southeast Texas, spilling a load of plastic pellets and closing three railroad crossings in the town of Hitchcock.

The Hitchcock Police Department says the BNSF train jumped the tracks at about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Hitchcock Police Chief Clay Kennelly says no one was hurt when the nine rail cars went off the tracks.

Two tank cars, which were loaded with a chemical, remained upright and weren't leaking. The rest of the cars were filled with the plastic pellets.

Police say crews will need about 24 hours to clean up the spilled pellets.

Hitchcock is about 40 miles southeast of Houston.

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