Cleanup under way at Union Pacific train derailment near Brewster, Minn.
BREWSTER -- Union Pacific crews continue to work today at the scene of a train derailment northeast of Brewster, cleaning up the wreckage after 23 rail cars split from the track at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday. No injuries were reported.
According to a statement released by Union Pacific Railroad this morning, the cars were part of a 118-car train traveling from St. Paul to North Platte, Neb. Of the cars that derailed, 17 were empty, four contained sand, one was loaded with beans and another contained malt. An empty refrigerated box car did experience a diesel fuel leak from the cooling unit of the fuel tank, but there were no hazardous materials involved.
Dozens of Union Pacific rail workers were on the scene Tuesday morning, working with heavy equipment since 3 a.m. to remove the damaged rail cars and clean up the area. Trucks with flatbed trailers lined a nearby county road, waiting to pick up the rail cars.
Union Pacific states that approximately 1,000 feet of track were damaged as a result of the derailment. There is no estimate as to when the track should reopen. Roughly six trains travel over that line daily, and many of them have been detoured to other UP routes.
The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.
Responding to the scene Monday night were the Brewster, Okabena and Heron Lake fire departments, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Nobles County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota State Patrol.
Julie Buntjer writes for the Worthington Daily Globe, which is part of Forum Communications Co.