By Jimmie Ferguson

Killeen Daily Herald

NOLANVILLE Evidence of a train derailment was still at the scene Monday, two days after it awakened half the community with a bang.

Three of the four railcars, which left the track for an unknown reason around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, rested on the south bank of the railroad tracks, about 100 yards away from the Nolanville Fire Department.

Nolanville Firefighter Tara Decker said she was asleep at the fire station when it happened.

It was really loud and woke us up, said Decker, 19, of Belton. It sounded like it hit something. It really scared me.

After it happened, Decker said she, her partner and a Nolanville police officer grabbed their flashlights and walked along the tracks.

We couldnt see anything that way, so we drove down to the other side of the train tracks to Jack Rabbit Road and talked to the train engineer, and he said everybody was OK and nobody was hurt, Decker said.

Nolanville Fire Chief Woody Williamson said his department was deployed that night to assist.

We were dressed in full protective gear, Williamson said. We investigated the full length of the track and found no spills and no leaks and determined we did not have to evacuate anybody.

After that, Williamson said they went into a standby mode and were not needed any longer.

Although no one could be reached with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway, Williamson said the cause of the accident was still under investigation.

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