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Strong winds 'likely' toppled train in western Oklahoma


August 12, 2020

GAGE, Okla. (AP) — A BNSF Railways train derailment in western Oklahoma was "likely" caused by wind gusts of up to 70 mph (113 kph), National Weather Service meteorologist Phillip Ware said Tuesday.

The strong winds and the derailment both occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday, Ware said.

"It appears very likely that they were related," Ware said.

The train was traveling from Amarillo, Texas, to northwestern Ohio when 16 cars derailed, according to BNSF spokesperson Courtney Wallace.

"There are no injuries to the crew and none of the derailed cars contain hazmat. We have crews on sit...

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