FRANKLIN COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Normal rail traffic has resumed after 19 cars derailed in the Mitchell Lake area Sunday afternoon, according to the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency.
Ryan Buckingham, the director of emergency management, said residents traveling in the are should still use caution as workers will still be on site finishing up the cleaning efforts.
According to officials, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) train carrying coal derailed near the Mitchell Lake area off of Yellowbanks Road around 1:30 p.m. They say a total of 19 cars detailed during the incident.
Officials quickly determined there was no threat to public safety, as the train was carrying only coal.
Officials from Franklin County Emergency Management Agency, West Frankfort Fire Department, and Franklin County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident.