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Western Wisconsin highway reopens after train derailment

Updated: January 13, 2020 08:04 PM

A western Wisconsin highway was able to reopen Monday night after dozens of train cars derailed Sunday afternoon causing a closure.

Highway 12 from County Road K to County Road Q was able to reopen after a closure following the derailment. The derailment happened in Knapp, Wisconsin, about 15 miles west of Menomonie in Dunn County at about 4 p.m. Sunday.

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Officials said 35 cars part of a 2-mile-long eastbound Union Pacific freight train went off the rails at the 190th Street crossing. Of those cars, 18 were involved in a pileup.

Authorities said the cars specifically involved in the derailment weren't carrying hazardous materials but that other cars in the train were.

"You're talking like, hydrochloric acid, molten sulfur, petroleum products," Menomonie Fire Chief John Baus said.

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

No one was hurt in the incident, officials said.

Cleanup is expected to cost $5 million to $10 million and it could take a couple days to clean up the scene.

Menomonie Fire Department officials stated Union Pacific is now in charge of determining what caused the crash.

Union Pacific officials hope to have the tracks reopened by midnight Monday.

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