A Hewitt firefighter and a Union Pacific employee look over a locomotive that derailed and hit an empty freight car in Hewitt on Wednesday. No one was hurt.

A locomotive derailed in Hewitt and hit an empty freight car shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, forcing the closure of portions of Sun Valley Boulevard, First Street and Warren Street, Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin said.

Initial reports indicate an emergency braking malfunction led to the derailment as the train traveled north, but Union Pacific personnel will investigate the cause, Devlin said. The locomotive remained wedged into the back of the freight car, with a set of the locomotive's wheels suspended above the tracks after the collision.

The street closures were expected to last several hours.

No one was hurt in the incident, Devlin said.

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Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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