Crews working to clean up Colorado coal train derailment

Crews are working to clean up a stretch of railroad where a coal train jumped the tracks in eastern Colorado, spilling tons of coal.

The 120-car Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed Sunday near the town of Hudson. At least 27 freight cars derailed and lost their cargo as the train was traveling from Gillette, Wyoming to La Junta, Colorado.

Railroad spokesman Joe Sloan said the line connecting Denver to Brush was reopened at about 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Both BNSF and the Federal Railroad Administration are investigating the derailment. Neither has speculated on a possible cause.

BNSF carries a variety of the freight on the line but not large quantities of oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota, according to state regulators.

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