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No injuries in train derailment near Gowrie

Cause of accident under investigation

January 23, 2013
By PETER KASPARI ( , Messenger News

GOWRIE - An early-morning freight train accident caused damage to the tracks and caused traffic to be rerouted around the railroad crossing.

The incident happened around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to Union Pacific Spokesman Mark Davis.

Nobody was hurt in the accident.

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A train derailment on the Union Pacific tracks south of Gowrie left 21 grain cars on the ground awaiting removal. The wreck, which was reported to the Webster County Sheriffs office shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday, closed the Iowa Highway 175 grade crossing until crews could pull the remainder of the train off around 9:45 a.m.

Davis said the train was traveling from Emmetsburg to Eagle Pass, Texas, carrying grain.

The derailment happened as the train passed the railroad crossing at Iowa Highway 175, just southwest of Gowrie.

In all, Davis said there were 21 cars on the train that derailed.

"The heavy equipment started arriving at 7 this morning," Davis said Tuesday. "They'll be working through the day to clear the railcars and all the grain."

The cars blocking the roadway were moved around 9:15 a.m. The Iowa Department of Transportation, as well as the Webster County Sheriff's Department and Iowa State Patrol directed cars through Gowrie to get around the blocked railroad crossing.

While nobody was injured, Davis said work will need to be done to the railroad line before it can be put back in use.

"They're going to have to replace about 650 feet of track that was damaged," he said. "We don't have an estimate for when that line will be open."

But he added the line won't lose any business while repairs are done.

"We're fortunate that we can detour the trains to other lines in the area," Davis said.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.



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