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Derailment caused nearly $120,000 in damages

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

A train that derailed in Mitchell in January caused nearly $120,000 in damage.

Seven cars of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train derailed just west of the overpass bridge on Burr Street on Jan. 14. One car tipped while the other six remained upright.

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According to a report released recently by the Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration, the cars that derailed caused $56,857 in equipment damages and $62,000 in structure damage.

An engineer and a conductor were operating the train when it derailed while pulling out of the yard going 12 mph, the report says.

The cause of the derailment is still being investigated.

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