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Runaway railcar sends authorities on desperate chase in Walla Walla County


WALLA WALLA COUNTY -- A runaway railcar reached speeds of approximately 50 miles an hour this afternoon in Walla Walla County.

The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office tells Action News that an empty rail car was sent rolling at 1 PM in Walla Walla. Employees were attempting to hook the car up to a train when it was bumped and began rolling downhill to the west.

Officials say the car was rolling downhill and picked up speed as it continued west along Highway 12.

Authorities from Walla Walla PD, College Place PD, Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office and Washington State Patrol rushed to block intersections with train tracks as the empty car continued west.

The sheriff's office says the car finally slowed several miles from Walla Walla near the town of Touchet before an employee got onboard and applied the brake.

Luckily, no vehicles crashed into the car and no one was hurt.

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