CHRISTOPHER -- Emergency officials in southern Illinois say there is no public safety threat after a train hauling coal derailed in Franklin County.
Franklin County Emergency Management director Ryan M. Buckingham says 19 cars of a Burlington-Northern train derailed Sunday afternoon. It happened between the towns of Christopher and Zeigler in a rural area. Buckingham says all but two of the train cars were heavily damaged.
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Officials say they're investigating the cause of the derailment. Christopher is about 25 miles north of Carbondale.