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.