High winds blamed for massive train derailment in Laura, Illinois


Digital writers

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 8:16 AM -

High winds were most likely the cause of a train derailment in Laura, Illinois Monday.

More than 40 rail cars went off the tracks and authorities say straight line winds were likely the culprit.

"A series of train cars, it kind of goes like a domino effect. Once one goes it kind of pulls a lot of them along with it,” said John Hamann, interim director of Peoria County Emergency Management Services.

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The cars were carrying household items and no one was injured.

More than a dozen power lines were knocked down at the time cutting power to about a thousand homes and businesses. Officials say the power has since been restored.

A few kilometres from the derailment, a semi trailer was knocked into a ditch.

The driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Officials say the storms were part of the same system that raked the central and southern U.S., spawning deadly tornadoes.

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