The railroad says about 12:20 AM, a Union Pacific train going from Council Bluffs, Iowa to St. Paul, Minnesota experienced a 23-car derailment between Ashton and Ritter.
Union Pacific spokesperson Mark Davis says there were no injuries.
He says that of the 23 rail cars derailed – – 21 were empty and two rail cars were loaded with scrap metal. Heavy equipment is on scene and crews are working through the day to move the derailed cars and repair the track that was damaged as the result of the derailment.
Crews worked through the night and replaced about 1,000 feet of track that was damaged as the result of the derailment, and the track has been re-opened. An average of six trains a day operate over the line. Six trains were held as a result of the derailment.
Other published reports say that officials have determined that the extreme cold caused a piece of track to come up. However, when we asked Davis about those reports, he said the cause of the derailment remains under investigation, as of Thursday morning, January 2, 2014.