Train Derails At Ritter

20130131_181449This story has been updated.  Click here for the new information posted on Friday Morning just before 11 AM.

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

Reports from the scene indicated the derailment happened about 6:10 PM and involved 16 empty grain cars.

We have also been told the train blocked the crossing at B14 — the Matlock blacktop. 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.

According to the engineer, the train derailed due to a broken rail.

The official spokesperson for the railroad has not returned our calls, and since there was no need for emergency personnel at the scene, the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office didn’t have any details either.

We’ll have more, if it becomes available here on



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