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Winds derail train, down power lines in McPherson County

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 8:02 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 10:46 p.m.

High winds that blew through McPherson County tipped several freight train cars off their track and downed power lines west of Galva on Wednesday, a McPherson County dispatcher said.

“We’re assessing a lot of storm damage in our county right now,” the dispatcher said shortly after 7 p.m. She said the overturned train was one of several reports of damage received Wednesday as rough weather rolled through the area.

“That’s just one of the reports we’re handling.”

Wind ripped through the region at 65 to 80 mph, knocking over numerous power lines and damaging roofs and trees, said Chris Jakub, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita. The storm, which started Wednesday evening in Harper County and moved to the north, also dropped some rain and hail, he said.

“It created a pretty good swatch of damage,” Jakub said.

Emergency crews from McPherson as well as troopers from the Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the train derailment near Galva, the McPherson County dispatcher said. As of early Wednesday evening, no one was reported hurt.

The town is about 55 miles north and slightly west of Wichita.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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