Late Friday evening, two BNSF trains collided 11 miles east of Alliance, leading to a derailment.

BNSF Public Affairs Director Andy Williams said two empty coal trains were westbound to Wyoming when they came into contact with one another.

“One was positioned on the track, and the other was coming to a stop, and it did make contact with the back of the stationary train,” said Williams. “Each train has about 130 rail cars. One locomotive and two empty cars did come off the track. This was not a high-speed collision. It takes over a mile to stop a train.”

Hulcher Services, which has crews stationed in Alliance, Williams noted, responded to incident to lift the cars back onto the tracks.

“There was minimal impact to rail traffic,” Williams said. “No injuries. No hazmat.”

Williams said BNSF does not release the amount of monetary damage, but noted that nothing was totaled.

“Everything’s repairable,” said Williams. “The locomotive will be inspected and repaired and put back into service unless they find something they’re not expecting.”

An investigation into the incident to help determine the cause is underway, Williams noted. He explained that each train has two-person crews, but names of those involved in the incident are not being released.

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