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Train cars derail at pasta plant; no injuries

Apr 14, 2010 1:03:00 PM - thestate.com
Three rail cars were derailed in an incident still under investigation at the American Italian Pasta Co. plant off Pineview Drive.

The cars were being maneuvered about 9 a.m. Tuesday by plant employees on a rail spur alongside the plant when they were pushed into the track's derailer. The derailer is a safety feature that intentionally removes train cars from tracks so they cannot enter a main rail line, a corporate spokeswoman said.

One empty car tipped over and two filled with wheat grain remained upright, said Sherlyn Manson, the Kansas City, Mo.-based company's spokeswoman.

Cranes have been requested from Norfolk Southern to help the company get the cars back on the track. There were no injuries in the incident, Manson said.

"We're still investigating why (the cars) didn't stop," she said.

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