Train Derailment Near Le Mars Causes Twenty-Four Rail Cars To Go Off The Track

Date posted - October 9, 2012

Le Mars, Iowa — A fairly major train derailment happened in northwest Iowa’s Plymouth County on Monday morning.

According to a Union Pacific official, twenty-four cars left the tracks at 9:15 a.m. about three miles northeast of Le Mars. The railroad official says the freight cars were empty, but normally carry sand. No one was injured. The train was on its way from Texas to Valley Park, Minnesota. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The former Chicago/Northwestern track, is the same Union Pacific track that goes through Sibley, Sheldon, and Alton.

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