Train Derailment

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad is paying for a Bellevue motel room, found a rental car and is providing spending money for a Plattsmouth couple whose home was destroyed in a fire resulting from a coal train derailment Friday.

BN spokesman Steve Forsberg said Monday the railroad plans to pay for all damage from the accident. That includes lodging for six families displaced by the derailment and cleanup.

But Cory and Stacey Smith, and their three children, lost more than most. Their doublewide mobile home and their vehicles were destroyed.

Stacey Smith's father, Richard Dillow of Bellevue, says many people have dropped off coats, hats, mittens, stuffed animals, even a twin bed for the family.

American National Bank of Bellevue also has established a Cory Smith Family Fund to collect donations.

Dillow says the Smiths plan to stay at the motel for at least a week while they try to find a home closer to their jobs in south Omaha and Papillion.

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