Creek Road reopened following train derailment

By Beau Ebenezer

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 11:44 AM CDT

PEORIA COUNTY, Ill. -- Creek Road between Airport and Middle has been reopened.

The road was closed overnight as crews cleanup coal and debris from a train derailment Thursday evening.

Just before 5 p.m. Thursday, four Union Pacific Railroad carts derailed spilling loads of coal right underneath the Harmon Highway Bridge in Peoria.

Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) officials said they don't believe any damage was done to the bridge.

No one was injured in the incident.

Peoria County officials said the derailment may have been caused by damage done to the tracks during recent flooding.

"Some of the police officers I have talked to say that is the only recent occurrence that we have had down here, but we have no way of confirming that," said Captain Dave Briggs of the Peoria County Sheriff's Office. "It doesn't appear to be any sort of vandalism at this time. We're not sure, and we will leave that up to the railroad people."

IDOT is currently investigating the incident.

Authorities added that parts of Kickapoo Creek Road may be closed in the future to fix the parallel tracks.

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