Coal Car Detailment in Northeastern PA

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013  |  Updated 6:26 PM EDT
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Authorities are probing what caused three loaded coal cars to derail in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Standard-Speaker said the three moving railroad cars went off the tracks in Hazle Township around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Fire Chief Scott Kostician said each Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad car was lugging about 112 tons of coal, so approximately 336 tons were dumped in the derailment.

Some of the fallen coal and the cars landed on fresh snow along the side of the tracks and a set of pine trees, causing them to lean.

Local officials expect that it could take several days before the rail cars are moved and the area is cleaned up.

There have been no reported injuries or damage to private property.

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