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Mo. 79 reopens after train derailment

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -
Missouri Department of Transportation officials reopened Mo. Highway 79 just before 4 p.m. Thursday after it closed for about 12 hours when a train derailed early that morning.

BNSF Railway officials say several cars derailed near Continental Cement in Hannibal.

Spokesperson Andy Williams says the derailment occurred at 12:35 a.m. after a coal train pulling 135 cars had been stopped about a mile south of Hannibal. Williams says shortly after the train was cleared to proceed, five cars derailed. Three of the five cars fell on their sides.

Williams says the train was traveling less than 10 miles per hour when the derailment occurred.

There were no injuries during the incident, and the cause is under investigation.

The highway was shut down near Continental Cement at 5 a.m. A detour was set up at Routes T and N between Hannibal and Saverton so the cars could be removed.
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