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Crews cleaning up wreckage from train derailment

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MESA, Wash. -- Cleanup crews from Burlington Northern Sante Fe continue to work non stop to clean up after Monday nights train derailment.

Railroad officials says several thousand pounds of coal spilled onto the ground after 30 cars were knocked over and damaged.

Contaminated dust blowing into the community  from Tuesday's windy conditions was the biggest concern for some Mesa residents.  Jannie Gilbert from the state Department of Ecology says there's nothing to worry about, "we weren't even concerned about the levels that we saw, but we did see a little bump."

The Ecology Department adds the increase in contaminated levels were similar to an idling diesel train or truck.

Crews are repairing the tracks and expect to have them fixed Tuesday night. They hope to have all the wreckage removed in three weeks.

An investigation is underway to find out what caused the derailment.