Train derailment in Le Sueur County under investigation

March 15, 2019 01:17 PM

Le Sueur County authorities were working early Friday morning at the site of a train derailment near the town of Ottawa.

According to deputies at the scene, snowy and icy conditions made it initially challenging for authorities to get to the site of the Union Pacific derailment, which happened at about 5 a.m.


According to a statement from Union Pacific, one locomotive and approximately 12 rail cars went off the tracks. The crew aboard the train was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution, according to the statement.

Some diesel fuel spilled as a result of the derailment, which sparked a fire, according to Union Pacific. The fire was under control as of 8 a.m. and firefighters continued to monitor the scene.

Although Union Pacific officials said there wasn't any diesel in the nearby Minnesota River, authorities were adding absorbent boom into the water as a precaution.

First responders were able to gather in a parking lot near the scene to provide aid, according to a KSTP crew.

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Rebecca Omastiak

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