SEDALIA, Colo. (CBS4/AP) – A freight train derailment has shut down a highway in Douglas County. The highway is expected to be closed until late Friday while cleanup continues.
Eighteen cars went off the tracks Thursday in Sedalia but Sgt. Ron Hanavan of the sheriff’s office said no injuries or spills were reported.
Officials said the train wasn’t carrying anything in its cars.
Surveillance video shows a wheel axle from a train car came within about 8 feet from hitting a gas pump.
After it came loose from the train, it rolled toward a man driving a truck. He quickly backed out of the way and avoided being struck.
“The big wheel, a couple of wheels, coming to me, the front of my truck,” said Susano Hererra.
A witness said it felt like an earthquake was happening.
“I heard a big rumble and I walked outside … I looked up the hill and I saw the axel from the train rolling down the hill just past the median,” said witness John Higby. “I watched it hit the pillar and just stop. If there was a car in the way, I don’t know what would have happened.”
Westbound Colorado Highway 67 is closed at U.S. 85 during the response. Cleanup and repairs to the track is expected to continue through Friday afternoon.
It’s not clear what caused the train to jump the tracks.
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