About 80 folks in a metropolis in northwest Iowa had been evacuated on Sunday afternoon after a part of a Union Pacific prepare hauling hazardous supplies derailed and then caught fireplace, officers mentioned.
The derailment of about 47 vehicles passed off round 2 p.m. in Sibley, mentioned Robynn Tysver, a spokeswoman for Union Pacific. By three p.m., native officers had texted an evacuation order to folks close by, citing “HAZMAT train derailment and fire.”
There had been no reviews of accidents or fatalities, mentioned Lucinda Parker, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. It was not clear the place the prepare was headed or what number of complete vehicles it had.
Mike Schulte, a member of the Osceola County board of supervisors, and Ms. Tysver mentioned they had been unable to verify what supplies had been on the prepare when it derailed.
Ken Huls, the fireplace chief in Sibley, mentioned the prepare was carrying fertilizer and ammonium, the radio station KIWA reported. Sibley, which is about 80 miles north of Sioux City, has a inhabitants of about 2,700.
Dan Bechler, the emergency administration coordinator for Osceola County, mentioned in an interview that responders had been nonetheless attempting to piece collectively what occurred.
Robin Eggink and her husband, Scott, had been consuming inside a Pizza Hut once they observed a big prepare close by.
“It was slowing down and then it came to a stop,” she mentioned.
Mr. Eggink, 52, had labored as a prepare conductor for a couple of yr and “he just knows by the noise that it shouldn’t have came to a stop like it was,” she mentioned. He mentioned the noise sounded just like the “squeal” of some kind of brake being deployed.
Seeing the prepare cease at that location was uncommon, Ms. Eggink mentioned. The prepare was blocking a freeway intersection and “it can’t stop for very long where it’s at,” she recalled considering.
About 10 minutes later, they noticed the smoke and fireplace, Ms. Eggink mentioned.
Ms. Tysver mentioned she couldn’t touch upon such particulars as a result of the derailment was nonetheless being investigated.