BREAKING: Train Derailment in LeSueur County
UPDATE: A train derailment kept Le Sueur County crews busy Friday morning.
Rushing water washed away a culvert running underneath a railroad Friday morning, causing a southbound Union Pacific Train to derail as soon as it was crossing.
The Le Sueur County Sheriff's Office says they received a report of the derailment approximately 2-miles south of Le Sueur, near Johnson Aggregates Pit.
Responding to the derailment were deputies and the Le Sueur Fire Department, where they found the engine had burned itself out, keeping fuels out of the environment.
Derailed were 12 empty rail cars, usually hauling coal, as well as the locomotive.
Members of the crew were taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.
ORIGINAL STORY: Two crew members of a Union Pacific train were taken to the hospital following a derailment in LeSueur county Friday morning.
The Le Sueur County Sheriff's says they received a report of a train derailment near Ottawa Road and 370th Street (Ottawa Township) approximately 2 miles south of the city of Le Sueur, which is near the Johnson Aggregates Pit.
The release says deputies and the Le Sueur Fire Department responded. Authorities say a southbound Union Pacific train had derailed with one locomotive and 12 rail cars came off the tracks.
There were no injuries reported, but the crew was taken to the hospital for precautionary purposes.
The incident happened because a culvert was washed out by rushing waters, leaving nothing underneath the railroad.
The sheriff's office says some diesel fuel spilled from the locomotive on to the ground, sparking a fire. The fire is under control and Le Sueur Fire was allowing it to burn out. A Union Pacific Spokesperson says the Minnesota River is about 30 feet from the derailment site and the only leak of fuel appears to be from the locomotive.
The cause of the derailment is still unknown. The Union Pacific Railroad, Le Sueur County Sheriff's Office, and Le Sueur Fire Department is still investigating the matter.
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