Railroad Releases Details About Train Derailment Near Ritter; Crews Clean Up Area

Date posted - February 1, 2013


Thursday night at the scene of the derailment

Ritter, Iowa — According to Union Pacific Officials, a train derailed on the Union Pacific Tracks Thursday night near Ritter, or about four miles northeast of Sheldon.

Immediately after the derailment on Thursday evening, members of the Sheldon Emergency Management Agency carefully approached the scene to see if any of the affected railroad cars were carrying hazardous materials which could affect the residents of Sheldon.

According to Union Pacific Spokesperson Tom Lange, the 58-car train was en route northbound from Sioux City to Valley Park, Minnesota, about 6:05 PM, when the train encountered a broken rail. He says twenty-five cars derailed, but in upright position; none of them fell over.

Lange says 22 of the derailed cars were empty, and the other three were carrying sand and/or wheat.

He says crews hope to have the line open sometime Friday afternoon

We have also been told the train blocked the crossing at B14 — the Matlock blacktop for a time. However Northwest Boulevard — Old Highway 60 — remained open. We’ve received reports that B14 is again open and crews are on-scene cleaning up the area.


Thursday night at the scene of the derailment



Thursday night at the scene of the derailment

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Crews work on Friday to clean up after Thursday evening’s derailment


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Equipment lined up Friday to cleanup after derailment

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