Cleanup continues after train derailment in Hays

Courtesy: Hayspost.com
Courtesy: Hayspost.com

HAYS, Kansas (AP) – Cleanup continues in Hays from the freight train derailment last month.

A Union Pacific freight train derailed at the Hays rail yard on July 16. Three of the derailed cars contained beer, six had wood products and one had poultry meal.

The Hays Daily News reports that UP says the contractor responsible for removing the chicken meal has completed transferring the stockpile to the Barton County landfill. The contractor is removing soil with meal and diesel fuel, and that work is expected to be finished by Friday.

The railroad also says work to remove the damaged rail cars should be finished Thursday.

City Manager Toby Dougherty says Union Pacific has been billed about $39,000 for use of city equipment and labor to put out the fire after the wreck.

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