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Coal train derails in Sparta, no injuries reported

Train derails in Sparta

A coal train derailed in Sparta Thursday morning near where the tracks intersect with North Miller Street, just south east of the Sparta airport.
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A coal train derailed in Sparta Thursday morning near where the tracks intersect with North Miller Street, just south east of the Sparta airport.

Two Union Pacific train locomotives and 13 train cars loaded with coal derailed in Sparta on Thursday morning, but no injuries were reported.

The derailment occurred about 8 a.m. near North Miller Street, according to Sparta Fire Department firefighter Scott Buckner.

Buckner said the derailment did not cause a fire.

One locomotive leaked oil and diesel fuel and a Union Pacific haz-mat team responded, according to a statement from Union Pacific.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation, Union Pacific said.

Mike Koziatek joined the Belleville News-Democrat in 1998 as an assistant editor and is now a reporter covering the Belleville area. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee and grew up in St. Louis.


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