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6 People Injured After Railcar Explosion Near Atchison

Photo via Twitter post by @GarrettHaake
Photo via Twitter post by @GarrettHaake

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say six people have been injured after a fuel-filled railcar exploded near the northeast Kansas town of Atchison. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the explosion happened around 2 pm Thursday at GBW Rail Services. No deaths have been reported. Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie said in a news release that authorities had accounted for all of the employees who were inside the building at the time of the explosion. He said the injured people were being treated for smoke inhalation, burns and a back injury. The Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating. Lake Oswego, Oregon-based GBW manufactures freight cars and barges for use in North America and Europe. The company didn't immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.

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