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Soybeans spilled in Tacoma freight train derailment

TACOMA, Wash. — An overnight freight train derailment along the Tacoma waterfront caused a road closure and a large soybean spill.

PHOTOS: Tacoma freight train derails, spills load of soybeans

The derailment happened at 10:45 p.m. Thursday when rail cars full of soybeans were being loaded into a grain elevator, according to Gus Melonas with BNSF Railway.  As the cars were being brought into the elevator, four came off the rails. Melonas said they were moving at 4 to 5 mph.

Two derailed cars were on their sides and two were upright.

Video from Chopper 7 showed what appeared to be tons of spilled soybeans. Heavy equipment was used to clear them from the area, and a boom was placed in Commencement Bay as a precaution to keep any spilled beans contained.

No one was hurt.

See video from Chopper 7 below and Shelby Miller's full story above.

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