News

Train Derails in Lowder, Two Injured

Train Derails in Lowder, Two Injured

Rail traffic is halted as derailed cars are cleaned up near the grain towers in the distance. Photo: Newsradio WTAX/Kirk Farah

Two people were injured after a train derailed in Lowder early Thursday morning.

The Sangamon County Sheriff’s department says a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was being backed onto a rail spur to be loaded with corn when ice and snow caused it to fall off the tracks. The cars began toppling supports for the property’s control room, which caused the non-life threatening injuries.

Both employees were taken to Memorial Medical Center.

About 100,000 bushels of corn spilled from a loading boom on the ground.

Recent Headlines

19 hours ago in Local

UIS Breaks Ground on Student Union

5-4-16 UIS Groundbreaking

Ground has been broken on what is being referred to as the "Living Room" for the students of the University of Illinois Springfield.

20 hours ago in Local

Aeropostale to Close Springfield, Forsyth Stores

aeropostale

Aeropostale files for Chapter 11.

20 hours ago in Local

Social Service Groups Sue Governor for $100M Past Due

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Five dozen social service agencies working without pay for nearly a year because of the Illinois state budget stalemate are suing Gov. Bruce Rauner.

20 hours ago in Local

Trial Set for 2 of 6 Men Accused of Dismembering Woman’s Body

Champaign Police Murder Arrests WAND

Two of the six men charged with dismembering a missing Champaign woman will be held for trial after a judge heard testimony from a detective.

21 hours ago in Local

Death Knell for Graduated Income Tax

tax

Sponsors blame Rauner