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Winds cause Illinois freight train derailment

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:32 a.m. CDT

LAURA – Strong winds caused a freight train to derail in central Illinois while minor storm damage was reported in other parts of the state.

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office says about two dozen double-stacked freight train cars were thrown off the rails near Laura when winds topped 50 mph on Monday afternoon.

The cars were carrying household items. No one was injured.

Wind gusts also toppled a semitrailer near Minonk.

Monday's storms downed power lines and tree limbs.

In southern Illinois, the storm broke a window on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Several classrooms were flooded.

The storms were part of a system that raked the central and southern U.S., spawning deadly tornadoes.

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