Union Pacific train derails on bridge in Iowa

Courtesy Gretchen Vande Poppe
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ALTON, Iowa (WOWT) - A train derailed over a river near Alton, Iowa early Sunday morning.

Several train cars smashed into each other over the bridge, creating a large pile up in the water.

Raquel Espinoza, Corporate Communications Director of Union Pacific, told NBC affiliate KTIV that the train derailment was a Union Pacific train.

According to Espinoza, the train was hauling industrial sand and soybean oil on 95 cars southbound on 3rd and River Street when it derailed.

Alton Fire Chief Quintin Van Es told KTIV that the derailment happened because of bridge failure.

The City of Alton released a statement on Facebook, saying, "There are no reported injuries, no known hazardous materials are leaking or in the air. Railroad and local Emergency Management officials are on scene accessing the situation at this time. There is no scheduled press conference at this time. Please avoid the area until further notice."

Emergency and clean up crews are still on the scene, and this story will be updated as new information is released.


Courtesy Gretchen Vande Poppe