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Runaway train axle misses truck, gas pump following derailment

9:55 PM, Feb 6, 2014   |    comments
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SEDALIA - Newly released surveillance video shows the close call when a train derailed in Douglas County Thursday afternoon.

The video shows an axle from one of the train's cars hurtling toward a gas station, nearly hitting drivers and a row of pumps.

No one was hurt when the 35 car train went off the rails at Highway 67 in Sedalia.

Seventeen cars went off the tracks. Most of the cars were empty and all cars that derailed remained upright.

The view from SKY9 showed the 2,000 pound axle had lodged into a pillar at a nearby gas station. The axle destroyed two pillars holding up the front facade of the building.

UPS driver, "CC," just missed the rolling axle by seconds.

"I was just approaching to the intersection's stop sign, and I saw something rolling by," CC said. "I'm thinking to myself 'what the heck is that?'"

"If I had been 30 seconds earlier, it could have possible been in the side of the truck," she added.

The BNSF train was heading north from Amarillo, Texas to Denver.

It's still not clear what caused the train to derail. An investigation is underway.

Colorado Highway 67 will be closed at U.S. Highway 85 until late Friday.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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