Cleanup ongoing after Bokchito train derailment

BOKCHITO, Okla. (KXII) - A representative from the Kiamichi railroad says 13 cars filled with coal went off the tracks next to highway 70 in Bokchito early Tuesday morning, and a man who lives right across the street from where this crash happened says he didn't need an alarm to wake up.

Crews clean up a train derailment in Bokchito, Okla. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 (KXII).

Jay Parker says he was half awake just before 7 a.m. Tuesday, until a sound he had never heard was right outside his window.

"I heard the train, it comes by every morning. Seems like every morning, anyway. Then all of a sudden it was metal on metal, making a terrible sound, and I thought it was going to come indoors," said Parker.

Officials from the Kiamichi railroad say the train was carrying 135 cars, all filled with coal, which is not considered a hazardous material.

They say no one was hurt and the derailment did not affect the flow of traffic on the highway.

Eva Grant works across the street from the scene of the accident, and says she did a double take when she saw the wreckage.

"When I got here at work, I noticed the big pile up over here so I had to back up and go back out and check to see the scene, because I have never seen a train wreck ever. The trains were piled up pretty bad," said Grant.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

A spokesman from Kiamichi Railroad says they're not sure how long it will take to clean up the accident, but cleanup crews did start that process Tuesday afternoon.