A Portion of Sibley Remains Evacuated After Train Derailment & Fire

May 17, 2021 10:35am

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Officials say no one was hurt following a train derailment and fire in Sibley Sunday afternoon.


Officials with Union Pacific Railroad say the accident happened around 1:20 p.m., with 47 cars derailing. No one from the crew was hurt.


Authorities affirm the derailment was the result of a bridge that collapsed, and the fire was caused by diesel fuel.   


Robin Tysver with Union Pacific said it is not clear how long the cleanup will take but expects it to be awhile. She says they will clean up as quickly and safely as possible.   


The derailment caused residents and businesses in a five mile radius of the accident located west of 2nd Avenue on Old Highway 60 to evacuate.  A reception center at the American Legion Hall in Ashton, was set up to house evacuees.


While Highway 60 remains open, the ramps are closed until further notice.


Sibley-Ocheyedan Schools is using a late-start schedule today, and students were urged to use county roads to enter Sibley from the east, as access from the west portion of town is closed off.  School officials also say regional girl’s golf at the Sibley Country Club has been postponed to Tuesday.


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