Cleanup begins on Alton, IA train derailment

NEAR ALTON, Iowa (KTIV) – Cleanup has begun on a train derailment near Alton, Iowa, on Sunday.

Authorities were called to 3rd and River Street shortly after 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning after a Union Pacific train derailed.

Raquel Espinoza, Corporate Communications Director of Union Pacific, said the 95-cars on the train did not contain hazardous material, but instead industrial sand and soybean oil. Currently, officials do not know how many cars derailed.

No injuries were reported.

Alton Fire Chief Quintin Van Es said the derailment was caused due to a bridge failure.

“We do have an unstable situation out here,” said Van Es. “We do have barricades around town, because we are going to be having a lot of people coming into town, a lot of activity taking place. So I am just urging the town of Alton and the citizens to abide by the barricades that are out there.”

Portions of Sioux County and Alton have flooded over the last several days. Officials said the bridge failure could be a result of the flooding, but they are unsure as of Sunday night.


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Raquel Espinoza, Corporate Communications Director of Union Pacific, said the train derailment near Alton, Iowa, on Sunday was a Union Pacific train.

According to Espinoza, the train was hauling industrial sand and soybean oil on 95 cars southbound on 3rd and River Street when it derailed.

Alton Fire Chief Quintin Van Es said the derailment was caused due to a bridge failure.

Espinoza said there were no hazardous materials on the train, and a response team is on the scene.

City officials were notified of the derailment at 4:35 a.m.

There have been no reported injuries at this time.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s office is advising people to avoid traveling through Alton Sunday with equipment arriving to assist with the cleanup of the derailment.

 


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NEAR ALTON, Iowa (KTIV) – The Sioux County Sheriff said there was a train derailment near Alton, Iowa Sunday morning.

They said there were no reported injuries and no hazardous materials have been leaked into the river or into the air.

According to Alton Fire Chief Quintin Van Es, the derailment was caused due to a bridge failure.

Authorities say the derailment happened at 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Officials say there is no scheduled press conference at this time.

Below is the Facebook post shared by the Sioux County Sheriff.

Alton, Iowa Train Derailment

Train derailment near Alton, Iowa this morning. There are no reported injuries. No known hazardous materials have been leaked into the river.

Posted by Sioux County Sheriff on Sunday, September 23, 2018


KTIV has a crew heading to the scene and will have details on News 4 tonight. 

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