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October 23, 2014, 4:26 am
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Cleanup Continues in Lowder After Derailed Train Causes Expensive Corn Spillage

Cleanup continues after a train derailment led to the spillage of 100,000 bushels of corn at a grain elevator in southern Sangamon County.


It happened at the Farmers’ Elevator in Lowder. Several rail cars slid off the tracks as they were being backed into place to be loaded with the corn.


Snow and ice on the tracks may have caused the derailment, which sent the cars toppling into supports for the grain elevator’s control room.


Two workers were injured as they tried to evacuate that control room. The corn… which spilled from a loading boom… had an estimated value of $400,000.

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