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Train derails at central Ill. grain elevator

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 1:25 p.m. CDT

LOWDER, Ill. – A freight train has derailed at a grain elevator in central Illinois, injuring two and spilling an estimated 100,000 bushels of corn.

The Sangamon County Sheriff's Department says ice and snow might have caused the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train to leave the tracks early Thursday at the Farmer's Elevator in the unincorporated town of Lowder. That's about 20 miles southwest of Springfield.

Officials say the train derailed about 2 a.m. as empty rail cars were being backed onto a rail spur to be loaded with corn.

The sheriff's department says several employees evacuated the control room as the rail cars began to topple the room's supports.

Two people were treated at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield for non-life-threatening injuries.

The corn spilled from a loading boom onto the ground.

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