Train derailment south of Omaha-metro

Incident happened near Pacific Junction, Iowa
Officials say that two men, a conductor and an engineer, were sent to the hospital for precaution after a train derailed Thursday morning.
Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 8:30 AM CST
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MILLS COUNTY, Iowa (WOWT) - 6 News was on the scene of a BNSF train derailment south of the Omaha metro Friday morning.

There isn’t an exact time frame for the cleanup but BNSF crews plan on repairing the foundation and track. A BNSF spokesperson said they have contractors who regularly help with removing cars and righting the locomotives.

The spokesperson also said the derailment happened around 7 a.m. along Marh Avenue, south of Pacific Junction. An empty coal train hit the back of a mixed freight train.

In total, 16 train cars were involved; five cars on the mixed freight derailed and 11 additional cars. Another two locomotives on the empty coal train were impacted too.

As a precaution, a conductor and engineer aboard the empty coal train were hospitalized.

No update has been shared on their conditions and there’s an active investigation into the cause.

This is a developing story. Stay with 6 News for updates.

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