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Train derails in Dyersville


DYERSVILLE (KWWL) - A train derailed in Dyersville leaving a train engine and six cars filled with ethanol off the tracks.

KWWL was first on the scene and first to bring you pictures Wednesday morning.

The cars and engine were still off the tracks hours later, but officials say there is no ethonol leaking from the cars and no injuries.

Railroad crews were on scene into Wednesday afternoon assessing damage and getting plans together for clean-up of the cars and locomotive.

Some officials have indicated that this was a runaway train.

The derailment happened about a half mile from the VeraSun ethanol plant.

Canadian National owns and maintains the main track, but officials say this section of track is privately owned by the plant.  VeraSun will be handling the investigation.

"We're protecting the property, making sure that there are no leaks and if anything else develops, we'll be ready to be on scene if anything does develop," said Dyersville assistant fire chief All Wessels.

The train derailed and went off of the tracks into the ditch.
We're told tracks are designed that way -- so the train didn't go onto the busy main line.

Officials assure us there is no danger to people in the area.
The cars are not leaking and train traffic is still using the main line.

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