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Train derailment on !-70 in Hudson, Colo.

Crews working to clean up Colorado coal train derailment

HUDSON, Colo. — 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 it hopes to have the line connecting Denver to Brush back open later Monday so no trains have been re-routed.

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.

Related: U.S. senator calls for first-responder training for derailments

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