A train jumped the tracks, sending debris into one Kansas family's home.
Less than a week after the Grantville, KS, family stuck a For Sale sign in their yard, they're now boarding up their house and thanking their lucky stars their little boy is alive.
Outside a dozen homes in the Topeka suburb is the scene of overturned and mangled coal cars. Broken glass and missing parts of a wall are the scene inside one of those homes.
The homeowner didn't want to go on camera, but showed KCTV5 how close the wreckage came to his 4-year-old son, who was sleeping in the top bunk when the Union Pacific train derailed Monday night.
"The family dog was on the bottom bunk and neither one of them were hurt. They were both OK," said Kaw Township Fire Chief Doug Brumbaugh.
Brumbaugh was one of the first on scene. He said a piece of railroad track flew through the family's window when 29 Union Pacific train cars carrying coal derailed.
Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig said the piece of rail landed on the bottom bunk of the child's bed.
"My worst nightmare is to have to deal with a child that's been hurt or injured, so I'm very glad it wasn't (the case)," Brumbaugh said.
There were no injuries in the derailment and the wreckage stopped just short of the road.
The little boy's father said the boy normally sleeps on the bottom bunk, but his mother put him to bed in the upper bed for a reason nobody can explain.
"I thank God no one was hurt, it could've been really bad," Brumbaugh said.
Union Pacific is investigating the accident. A train derailed in that exact area five years ago.
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