Train derails near Bennet

BENNET, Neb. (KOLN) – A train derailed just south of Saltillo Road along 148th Street near Bennet on Friday.

Few details are known at this point, but the train was hauling coal along the recently re-activated tracks. The tracks, which were dormant for 17 years, were re-activated in January as a partnership between Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the Omaha Public Power District.

It derailed Friday evening, though the exact timing is unclear.

The train route is scheduled for one round trip, to and from Nebraska City, six days a week.

A 10/11 NOW reporter on scene says about nine cars are derailed, but there could be more. According to previous info about the route, the train hauling coal is about one-and-a-half miles long.

Traffic was blocked initially, but has since been cleared.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office would not comment on the incident, referring us to BNSF. We’ve reached out for comment, but haven’t received a response.

The cause of the derailment is unclear. One thing we know about this area, is that it’s seen substantial rain over the last few days. 10/11 radar estimates roughly 3 inches of rain in Bennet over the last 48 hours.

This is an ongoing story. Stay tuned to 10/11 NOW for more details.

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2021-06-25 21:00:00

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