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UPDATE: Train derailment in Dubuque County

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Dubuque County is dealing with its third train derailment in two years. 

The latest one happened Thursday night in Sherrill near the Mississippi River. Seven of the cars derailed when the train was going south. They were not carrying any hazardous materials, but did spill some grain.

No injuries were reported and the river, fortunately was not affected.

The Canadian Pacific spokesperson says they expect to open the rail line Friday night. 

The previous derailment, also in the county, happened earlier this year in February. More than 20 cars came just feet away from a home in the community of Massey Station, while the family was in bed sleeping.

The cars were empty, and fortunately, no one was hurt. 

Probably, the most damaging derailment happened in February 2015. Officials say 15 cars of the Canadian Pacific train went off the tracks. Some of them burst into flames, 10 miles north of Dubuque.

The cars were filled with ethanol. Some of it leaked into the Mississippi River. 

With the latest incident, the railway company says they are taking it vary serious. They will  be doing a full investigation to see what caused the cars to derail.


Crews continue to clear the site of a train derailment in rural Dubuque County.

Canadian Pacific says a train was going south when seven cars derailed around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night.

No injuries were reported, no cars entered the river, and no hazardous materials were involved.

Canadian Pacific tells KWWL some grain did leak, but it didn't impact the river at all.

Although it's a remote area, a CP spokesperson says they won't need to construct new roads to get the right equipment in.

There's no timetable for when the site will be cleaned up and the railway put back into service.


Crews are working to cleanup a train derailment in Dubuque County.  It happened near the Mississippi River and Wauepton Rd. in Sherrill.

According to the sheriff's office, seven Canadian Pacific cars derailed.  Nobody was hurt and there is no hazardous material involved.  None of the cars went into the water.

They are currently working to get the cars back onto the track.

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