Homes evacuated after 8 train cars derail in Imperial


by staff

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 11 at 11:02 PM

U.S. 61 & W Main St Imperial, MO 63052

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IMPERIAL, Mo. ( – Authorities said 19 homes were evacuated for some time after multiple train cars derailed in Imperial Friday afternoon.

Authorities said the derailment happened near the intersection of Main Street and Highway 61/67 around 2:15 p.m.

Officials said a total of eight cars derailed, some of which overturned. Two of those were tanker cars, but they were not full of chemicals.

Authorities said 19 homes on Churchill St. were evacuated as a precaution because residue was still in the tankers. That evacuation was lifted around 5 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

Traffic was closed on Imperial and Main streets as crews worked to clear the scene.

It was not known what, if anything, the train was hauling.

Stay with News 4 and as we continue to gather more information.