Very high winds that moved through Sangamon County Thursday night have toppled as many as 55-60 rail cars sitting on tracks near the town of Lowder, in the southwestern part of the county.
Sheriff Neil Williamson says it appears they were empty grain cars connected to the Lowder grain elevator. It is believed that high winds, in excess of 70 miles an hour, knocked the cars over. Crews responded to the scene to assess the situation.
The high winds also snapped some power lines in western and southern Sangamon County, knocking out power to hundreds of Ameren customers in Auburn and New Berlin.