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By Teresa Simpson
Whitman County Gazette 

Train derails near Hooper

Endicott wheat spilled alongside state Highway 26


HOOPER - A wheat train derailed along state Highway 26, west of the town of LaCrosse and east of Washtucna.

Ten train cars derailed, state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Janet Matkins said Tuesday, May 17.

At least four covered hoppers were among the cars off the tracks. One spilled wheat.

Matkins confirmed the Union Pacific train was hauling wheat, out-bound from Endicott.

Watco, the company that operates the Palouse River and Coulee City Railroad, is investigating the mishap with a contractor.

The exact time and date of the derailment remains in question.

A passerby reported he...

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