OTEMS: Okay train derailment won't affect Rogers County


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    Traffic in Rogers County will not be affected by Wednesday's train derailment in Okay, according to OTEMS Paramedics.

    A spokesman for Union Pacific said 27 train cars derailed just after 3 p.m. near 100th Street and 90th Street. The cars were all carrying coal, and some remained upright while others fell onto their sides.

    “Union Pacific is currently working to clear a mainline derailment in Wagoner County. This is the same line that runs northwest to southeast through Rogers County," said Union Pacific Director of Public Affairs Brandon Morris. "You probably won't see any UP trains operating in your county until the mainline is operational."

    Between 1,500 and 2,000 feet of track was damaged in the derailment. No one was injured.

    OTEMS said the rail line runs through the entirety of Rogers County. Some residents were concerned that the corridor would be impassable at the derailment site as crews work to clear the train cars. Crews are taking steps to make sure trains do not back up and block streets, roads and highways, according to OTEMS.

    “We are pleased with UP’s consideration of the county’s public safety needs and wish their crews the best in completing repairs. We are glad there were no injuries in the incident and that impact here has been avoided,” said Kelly Deal, OTEMS operation director, in the release.

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