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Track back open after train derailment in Cape Girardeau County

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CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Emergency crews were on the scene of a train derailment Wednesday evening in Cape Girardeau County.

It happened on mile marker 139 (railroad marker) on the tracks off of Nash Road, according to Ruthann Dickerson with the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department.

At least 15 cars derailed, according to Kevin Payne with the Delta Fire Department.

A crew from St. Louis up righted all 15 cars of a Burlington-Northern Santa Fe freight train that left the tracks along Nash road Wednesday afternoon.

A company spokesman says the track opened back up around 4:30 Thursday morning.

Now, crews will work to get the cars that left the track hauled away.

The spokesman says the cars that derailed were part of a chain of more than 100. The company continues their investigation into what caused the cars to leave the track in the first place.

He says all of the cars were empty, and no injuries have been reported. The county road just off of Nash Road was closed due to construction.

The train company sent someone to pick up the crew around 5 p.m.

By 1 a.m. Thursday the clean-up crew had left the scene.

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