JUNCTION CITY, Kan. - A Union Pacific coal train derailed near Junction City, Kan., Wednesday night. Twenty-one of the 105 cars left the tracks, but no injuries were reported.
The train was en route from Colorado to Memphis, when it derailed.
Union Pacific officials say crews will work through the night to clear the tracks and get them open again.
Spokesman Mark Davis says the tracks may be clear and re-opened in 24 hours.
Each railcar carries 75-100 tons of coal.
Davis says the coal on the ground is now "dirty coal" and will not be delivered to an electric company.
The "dirty coal" will be piled on the side of the tracks and a contractor will collect it and take it to a foundry, whose requirements do not include clean coal.
The cause of the derailment is under investigation.
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