Iowa freight train derailment sends rail cars in the river



Aerial images of a train derailment near Alton, Iowa

Aerial images of the Iowa train derailment that plunged the train cars in the river.

Authorities in Iowa are working to clear a massive train derailment, that those cars tumbling into a river on Sunday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office posted a dramatic video taken by a drone shows the wreck in the vicinity of Alton, located about 40 km northeast of Sioux City.

“There are no reports of injuries,” the sheriff’s office said. “As far as is known no hazardous substances are leaked into the river or through the air.”

A spokesperson for Union Pacific told KETV the 95-car train traveling from Mankato, Minn. to North Platte, Neb. when 38 cars derailed.

The train was the transport of industrial sand, and soybean oil, according to the railroad. One or more cars can be release of industrial sand in the Floyd River, according to KETV.

“There are no reports of injuries, no known hazardous substances leaking or in the air,” officials of the city said on Facebook. “The track and the local Emergency Management officials are on scene to access the situation at this time.”

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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