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Acid-carrying train derails near Pevely, but no liquid spills

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – A freight train carrying sulfuric acid derailed near Pevely, Missouri south of St. Louis Wednesday night.

Six cars came off the tracks and fell down a 100-foot embankment. Four of them were carrying undiluted acid.

But Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Mark Davis said no liquid spilled or leaked.

"It's a testament to the manufacturers of these railcars that have built a very sturdy railcar that can obviously take abuse," Davis said.

Davis said workers transferred the acid from the damaged tank cars into new ones. Rail crews must also replace about 400 feet of track.

Davis said no one was injured, but investigators are still trying to figure out what went wrong.