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Grain train derailment near Eureka, causes 'big mess,' authorities say

Grain train derailment near Eureka, causes 'big mess,' authorities say

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Updated at 8:30 p.m., with new details.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A freight train hauling grain derailed near Eureka on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

No one was injured but the derailment of more than two dozen grain cars caused a "big mess," said Eureka Fire Protection District Chief Greg Brown.

The eastbound Union Pacific train derailed near Lewis Road and the Crescent Farms Golf Club about 1:50 p.m., authorities said.

The train originated in Iowa and was heading to Texas, a Union Pacific spokesman said. The train had two people aboard — an engineer and conductor — and neither was injured.

Authorities said the train had 97 cars plus an engine. Twenty-four cars in the middle of the train derailed, spilling grain along the tracks. Of the cars that derailed, 18 overturned. Seventy-two other cars were still attached and upright.

The cause was still under investigation Tuesday. The railroad spokesman said crews would be working through the night to clear the track, which is used by an average of 34 trains daily.

Jim Love,  a construction worker, was on a job at the Crescent Farms Golf Club when the train went off the track. Love said he saw white dust rise above the tree line and that it sounded like a "loud roar and thunder-like."

"It sounded like it was right on top of you," he said.

Jack Suntrup of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.

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