Storms may be to blame for train derailment (with photos)

By WEEK Producer


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April 28, 2014 Updated Apr 30, 2014 at 10:51 AM CDT

LAURA, Ill. -- High winds were most likely the cause of a train derailment in Laura, Illinois.

Over forty rail cars were taken off the tracks shortly after 5:00 pm Monday night. Authorities say straight line winds were a likely cause.

Over a dozen power lines were also knocked down at the time.

Power has now been restored to the roughly 1,000 people affected.

Laura Road from Route 78 will be closed Monday night as rail crews work to clean up the mess.

"We understand that the train was in motion headed to the West, had some warning of some winds up ahead and they were slowing down," said interim Peoria County Emergency Management Director John Hamann. "With a series of train cars it kind of is a domino effect. Once one goes, kind of pulls a lot of them along with it."

Two miles down route 78, a semi trailer was knocked into the ditch by high winds.

That driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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