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Remote location keeps train derailment obscured for days

Rails extend into the air at the site of a train derailment in western Franklin County.The remote location of a train derailment on Saturday, July 6 kept the incident obscured for days. There were no injuries when three box cars derailed about a mile east of the Franklin/Hopkins county line and half a mile north of Hwy. 67.

When they derailed, the rail cars took with them a 120 foot long railroad bridge, which spanned one of the sloughs feeding Big Creek. “We think one of the rail car’s wheels jumped the track at a rail joint on the west end of the bridge,” stated Wayne Defebaugh, president of Blackland Railroad, which operated the train. “The incident is still under investigation.” For more details, see the July 18 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.