Authorities investigating train derailment in Sioux County

    Authorities investigating train derailment in Sioux County


    This latest derailment is of a Union Pacific train which was heading south from Mankato, Minnesota to North Platte, Nebraska.

    Its 95 cars were carrying industrial sand and soybean oil according to Union Pacific.

    38 of those cars left the tracks in the derailment.

    Some of the sand may be leaking into the flooded Floyd River but authorities in Sioux County say that material is not hazardous and crews are already working to clean up the crash.

    “As of right now, Union Pacific is showing up and setting up crews that are working on a system to get the train cars from the river pulled out safely staged out of the way and make repairs to the track,” said Chief Van Es with Alton Fire Department.

    Due to the recovery effort, there will is several barricades set up in the area.

    “Don't breach the barricades honor what is set up so we can keep a safe zone for everybody involved and for all the equipment that is going to come in to town. There are multiple crews coming in with heavy equipment and we need to allow them access into the scene to allow them to do their jobs,” said Van Es.

    Nobody was injured in the derailment.

    There's no timetable yet on how long the cleanup process will take and that area reopened to traffic.


    A Union Pacific train derailed this morning near Alton, Iowa.

    Sioux County Sheriff's says no injuries or hazardous materials have leaked into the river.

    We'll have more updates on Siouxland News as soon as it is available.

    The Sioux County Sheriff's Office told Siouxland News in a statement:

    There is no evacuation, no hazardous materials and no danger to public safety.
    The railroad crews are still assessing the situation.

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