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17 BNSF rail cars derail outside East Galesburg

Seventeen cars of a BNSF train derailed outside of East Galesburg late Tuesday.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office announced around 9:30 p.m. that South State Street at the railroad crossing would be closed until further notice due to an incident with a train.

A spokesperson for BNSF said there were no injuries or hazmat associated with the derailment.

BNSF crews are on site and working to clear the cars and restore the track.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation, according to BNSF.

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Jane Carlson is TSPR's regional reporter.