Strong winds derail train, knock down power poles

PHOTO COURTESY: Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben, from twitter @TrooperBenKHP
PHOTO COURTESY: Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben, from twitter @TrooperBenKHP

MCPHERSON, Kan. (AP) — Strong winds that blew through central Kansas knocked a train off the tracks, downed power lines and damaged roofs.

No serious injuries were reported after Wednesday night’s storms.

KWCH-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1hAdIjq ) McPherson’s emergency management director said Thursday about 45 to 60 homes were damaged.

The McPherson County Sheriff’s office says most of the damage was reported in Canton and Galva, where winds blew 33 cars of a freight train off the tracks. Two people were on board but no one was hurt.

Westar Energy reported 12 poles in that area were damaged, knocking out power to about 650 people. All power was restored by noon Thursday.

Power lines and trees also were downed in Harper and Dickinson County.

 

 

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