DOUGLAS COUNTY, Kan. — A coal train derailed near Lawrence, Kansas on Friday shortly after 5 p.m. in dramatic fashion as seen from drone footage obtained CBS news.

Officials say there were no reported injuries but a large amount of coal did spill.

Now Wednesday we obtain more video from the initial crash from the Lawrence Kansas Police Department:



“Using infrared technology, LKPD’s UAV team was able to assist the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s aerial team in determining there were no dangerous hot spots or fires in yesterday’s massive train derailment. UAV pilots were also able to share a live link with Union Pacific personnel to help their teams coordinate a response and plan clean up strategies. FAA officials were very generous in helping to coordinate air space since this incident was so close to the Lawrence Airport. This valuable, and potentially life-saving, view would not have been possible without UAV technology. Thankfully, no serious injuries — but a BIG mess.”

The derailment occurred near the intersection of U.S. Highway 24-59 and North 1900 Road.

Deputies were notified about 5:10 p.m. Friday that a coal train derailed just north of North 1900 Road north of Lawrence, on the Union Pacific tracks.

Approximately 20 cargo cars detached from the engine and derailed which caused significant damage to the rails and the railroad crossing at North 1900 Road. A large amount of coal spilled.” — Douglas Co. Sheriff’s office

Union Pacific staff arrived on the scene about 6:30 p.m. nearby Grant Township was contacted about setting up barricades to shut down North 1900 Road on the east and west side of the crossing.

Officials worked through the night continually into Saturday morning where operations continue. This will be a days-long clean up.

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Train derailment near Lawrence, Kan. CBS news. Rudisell/Via Lawrence Times Storyful.

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Shannon Becker was born and raised in Joplin and began in radio before graduating from Joplin Senior High in 1990. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Missouri Southern State University (1994). Before launching Joplin News First in 2017, he worked in television and radio, overlapping a career in the music industry. He worked with major music artists for 20 years, garnering gold and platinum records to his credit. He comes to KOAM 7 News Now-CBS/FOX (Morgan-Murphy Media) with more than 30 years in media and entertainment. He previously worked for KOAM. He has five children and two grandchildren.