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NEW DETAILS: Structural failure caused derailment

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BELLE PLAINE (KWWL) - UPDATE: A Union Pacific spokesman says the cause of the recent derailment in Belle Plaine has been determined.

Mark Davis says a structural failure to one of the rail car's body caused the cars to go off the tracks.

Union Pacific's Derailment Prevention and Mechanical teams are further analyzing the rail car to determine what caused the failure.


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A Union Pacific Railroad spokesman says work is still ahead for crews following a derailment in Belle Plaine Friday night.

Mark Davis with Union Pacific says one of the tracks reopened at 9:45 a.m.Sunday.

Crews plan to stop train traffic Monday at 6 a.m. and work on the other track for twelve hours.

Davis says the cause of the derailment is still under investigation.


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UPDATE: A Union Pacific spokesman says 23 rail cars derailed just before 11:30 p.m. Friday in Belle Plaine.

Mark Davis with the Union Pacific Railroad says the train was traveling from North Platte, Nebraska to Chicago, with 125 rail cars.

Davis says 23 rail cars derailed at Belle Plaine, with no injuries. He confirms some of the derailed cars were carrying things like soda ash, lumber, animal feed and frozen fish. Davis says five of the derailed cars were empty.

Crews and heavy equipment have been arriving overnight, and will work through the day to remove the cars from the track and replace any damaged track.

Davis says the cause of the derailment is still under investigation.


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A train has derailed along the Union Pacific Railroad in Belle Plaine.

According to the Benton County Sheriff's Office, the derailment happened near Pierce Lumber Inc., located at 1629 E. 13th St.

The Sheriff's Office says Belle Plaine Police responded to the incident. They don't know what the train was carrying at this point, but have no reports of any spills.

Authorities say no injuries were reported, and the cause of the derailment is still unknown.

The Sheriff's Office says as of 5 a.m., a Union Pacific crew remains on site to investigate.

Stay with KWWL for updates.
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