Train Derails In Grady County

Monday, March 2nd 2009, 2:53 pm
By: News On 6

Associated Press

POCASSET, Okla. (AP) -- The Oklahoma Highway Patrols says a Union Pacific train derailed today in northern Grady County after hitting a tractor-trailer rig hauling salt water.

Troopers say the locomotive hit the trailer of the semi as it was crossing the tracks about 12:30 Monday afternoon about three miles north of Pocasset and about 15 miles north of Chickasha.

Authorities say the conductor and engineer on the train were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries while the truck driver apparently escaped serious injury.

Initial reports said 13 cars had derailed but Union Pacific spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza-Williams says two locomotives and 18 cars derailed.

She says the train had 46 total cars and was carrying no hazardous material, only general freight, from Wichita, Kan., to Fort Worth, Texas.