Walton, KS Overnight Storm Derails Train – 8/18/2019

Overnight storms blasted across southeast Kansas with winds over 80mph and torrential rains. This massive line of storms started out as a couple of thundershowers near Colby in far northwest Kansas and evolved into a massive line responsible for damage and power outages across a large part of the state.

Here in Walton, two trains were derailed due to the strong winds around midnight Sunday morning. 90 cars were derailed on one train and 50 on another, making for 140 cars on two trains. This occurred 1 mile southwest of the town of Walton along US-50. Walton is a small town approximately 30 miles north of Wichita.

Crews reported on scene just after 5am and were working to clear the tracks through the morning into the afternoon. There is no word on when that area will reopen. Over a mile of track is blocked by the derailed train.

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