GRANTVILLE, Kan. — It’s a very good thing a 4-year old boy decided to sleep on his top bunk bed in Grantville, Kansas, on Monday night.
A trail derailment sent a 3-foot piece of the track hurtling into his bottom bunk bed. The chunk of metal crashed through the boy’s window and barely missed his dog Charlie, who was sleeping on the bottom bed.
The train derailment occurred right across the street from the family’s home on Front Street in the tiny community of Grantville, just northeast of Topeka. A Union Pacific Railroad train going from Wyoming to Illinois with 119 rails cars loaded with coal, derailed 29 cars at about 8:40 p.m. Monday night.
The boy’s parents declined to speak on camera but the father tells FOX 4 he was watching the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football, when he felt his house shake and heard glass crashing in his son’s bedroom.
Doug Brumbaugh is the fire chief for the Kaw Township Volunteer Fire Department and says the flying piece of metal, “easily could’ve killed someone if it would’ve hit him.”
Pastor Herman Lambrecht of the Grantville United Methodist Church says God was clearly watching over the little boy and his dog Charlie.
“Charlie is a fixture in Grantville and he eats at everybody’s house and everybody loves Charlie,” Pastor Lambrecht said.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation but a similar accident happened in almost the same spot in 2007.