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Increase in number of coal cars derailed

BISMARCK (AP) -- Bismarck police say 10 to 15 BNSF Railway coal cars derailed this morning in the east part of the city but no injuries have been reported.

Sgt. Mark Buschena said officers responded to the derailment report just before 5 a.m., according to The Associated Press.

The conductor told an officer that the eastbound engine, which had been pulling 20 to 30 cars full of coal, lost air supply and several of the cars flipped over, spilling their contents.

Railroad officials say they hope to have the area around the 100 block of South Airport Road cleared by evening.

Buschena says some coal from a rail car fell on a white 2000 GMC van that belongs to Guardian Lock and Safe, causing $500 in damage.