Officials: No injuries, no hazardous materials spilled in Wisconsin train derailment

Updated: January 12, 2020 10:20 PM

Several cars from a freight train derailed Sunday in western Wisconsin, about 20 miles west of Menomonie, authorities said.

Officials said around 4 p.m., 35 cars in a 2-mile-long eastbound Union Pacific freight train went off the rails at the 190th Street crossing near the town of Knapp. Of those, 18 cars were involved in a pile-up.

The cars involved in the wreck were not carrying hazardous materials, although other cars in the train were, Menomonie Fire Chief John Baus said.

Union Pacific said based on an initial assessment, the derailment involved empty railcars and that the 192-car train was hauling mixed freight.

No nearby homes were evacuated, and the conductor was not injured. There is no risk to the environment, Baus said.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said all lanes of U.S. 12 are closed from County Road K to County Road Q in Knapp because of the crash. The highway will be closed until late Monday afternoon, the Dunn County Sheriff's Office said.

Motorists are advised to follow detours around the site and not drive past road closed signs.

Baus said the cleanup will take a day or two and will cost $5 million to $10 million.

Union Pacific personnel are evaluating the derailment, according to the Dunn County Sheriff's Office.

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