Power restored after train derails in Belleville - KMOV.com

Power restored after train derails in Belleville

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A train derailed at the tracks near South 66th Street and Frank Scott Parkway Wednesday (Credit: KMOV) A train derailed at the tracks near South 66th Street and Frank Scott Parkway Wednesday (Credit: KMOV)
A train derailed in Belleville (Credit: KMOV) A train derailed in Belleville (Credit: KMOV)

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Hundreds were without power after a coal train derailed at West Boulevard at the Norfolk Southern tracks.

According to authorities, the derailment occurred around 2 a.m. Wednesday at the tracks near South 66th Street and Frank Scott Parkway.

The derailment forced power lines down, forcing 1500 residents to be without power around 5 a.m. Althoff High School was closed Wednesday because of the power outage. Memorial Hospital officials said they were forced to run on backup generators until around 8:20 a.m.

Temporary power lines have been put up to restore power to nearby residents.

"It was a train come through here blowing and all of a sudden everything went lit up, transformers were blowing up and it piled up there," said Floyd Hunt, who lives nearby.

The following roads were closed: Foley Drive, Frank Scott Pkwy and North Belt West. Officials said Foley Drive will be closed all day Wednesday and possibly Thursday. 

Some coal spilled on the roadway, but nothing significant, officials said.

Ameren Illinois is on scene and making repairs.

No injuries were reported. 

Crews hope to have the tracks up and running by late Wednesday night.

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