Highway 67 reopens after train derailment in Sedalia

SEDALIA, Colo. - Highway 67 reopened Friday evening after cleanup from a train derailment in Sedalia involving 17 Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway cars.

Traffic had been diverted from Highway 67 since the derailment on Thursday.  

The empty rail cars derailed about 1:30 p.m. at Highway 67 and U.S. 85 in Sedalia, said Douglas County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ron Hanavan. There were no reports of injuries or hazardous material spills and the derailed car remained upright, he added.

AIRTRACKER7's camera showed box cars and tank cars derailed. Underneath, the tracks and railroad ties were badly damaged.

During the derailment, a pair of wheels and their axle came off a box car and rolled across Highway 67, knocking out one of the pillars by the Jarre Mart grocery store and just missing the gas pump, said Pat Norwood, an employee at Bud's Bar who is also a volunteer firefighter for the West Douglas County Fire Protection District.

-- Photos: Slideshow of the damage from the derailment

The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

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