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Coal train derails in Sparta, IL

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Coal train derails in Sparta, IL (KFVS)

February 7, 2019 at 12:00 PM CST - Updated February 7 at 12:42 PM

SPARTA, IL (Heartland News at 9) - A train hauling coal derailed in Sparta, Illinois shortly after it departed on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The derailment was reported at 7:58 a.m. on the North side of the city.

According to the Sparta Police Department, two engines and 16 cars filled with coal came off the tracks and ended up on their sides.

No one was hurt and the cause of the derailment is unknown.

Approximately three crossings in Sparta are blocked by the rest of the train cars that did not derail. Crews hope to unhook this part of the train and have it moved out of the way soon.

Police say inspectors with Union Pacific Railroad are on the scene investigating and crews are beginning to clean up the spilled coal.

The clean-up process is expected to take 24-hours.