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More than 20 rail cars carrying sand derailed in Wedron near Wedron Silica at about 9:50 a.m. Sunday, blocking County Highway 21 and for part of the morning prevented traffic from crossing the Fox River bridge from Wedron toward Route 71.
Serena firefighters and Sheridan ambulance crews responded, and had left the scene before 11 a.m., said La Salle County Sheriff’s Cpl. Dave Woolford.
La Salle County deputies remained on the scene and, as of 11 a.m., were waiting for Illinois Railway (the Illinois Rail Net company) to get a crew to clear the crossing.
The cars that were blocking the crossing, however, still were upright on the tracks, and were moved out of the roadway before noon.
"It was right in the plant there," Serena fire chief Rodney Reese said of the derailment. He said there were about 23 cars derailed, many tipped on their sides and spilled, and with cars not in a line but off the rails "accordion-style". A couple were resting against a pillar of a structure, he said.
He said there were no injuries and no damage to natural gas or electricity infrastructure. However, Wedron Silica and Illinois Railway have a cleanup job.
"They've got a mess there," Reese said.
Wedron Silica and Illinois Railway sources were not immediately available on Sunday.
This article first appeared on newstrib.com
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