UPDATE (7:05 P.M.) NEAR SIBLEY, Iowa (KCAU) — Union Pacific Railroad says at 1:55 p.m. Sunday, approximately 47 cars of a mixed commodities train derailed near Sibley, Iowa. None of the train’s crew were injured in the incident.
The cause of the derailment is currently under investigation.
Emergency managers say a two-and-a half mile radius around the derailment has been evacuated. All residents evacuated are in Ashton being treated by the Red Cross.
“And we’re asking everybody to open two windows, one on each side of the house, just make sure nothing stays in the house and for their safety to stay in the middle of the house because we don’t know what’s on the train cars, so if anything would happen,” said Osceola County Public Information Officer Mike Schulte.
Iowa State Troopers say they plan on letting the fire burn overnight. Troopers also say they were worried that whatever was burning from the derailment is toxic to breathe in.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says several area agencies responded including O’Brien County, Buena Vista County, Sibley, Ocheyedan, Melvin, Sheldon, Little Rock, and Ashton.
PREVIOUS: NEAR SIBLEY, Iowa (KELO/KCAU) — KCAU News is following developing news near Sibley, Iowa.
A viewer of our sister station KELOLAND submitted this video of a train derailment:
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said at least 7 agencies are currently at the scene of the derailment to battle to blaze.
Dozens of cars are derailed, and the initial report came in around 2 p.m. on Sunday. A resident in Sibley reported an emergency alert around 3 p.m. for the area west of 2nd Avenue.
Hazmat train derailment and fire emergency personnel have implemented a 2.5-mile safety radius around the wreck.
KCAU News is sending a crew to the scene. We’ll update this story as more details are available.
This is a developing story.