More Details Released in Sibley Train Derailment & Fire

May 17, 2021 2:14pm

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More details are coming from the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s train derailment in Sibley.  Officials with Union Pacific have confirmed the railcars that derailed near Sibley contained hydrochloric acid, potassium hydroxide and asphalt.


Union Pacific's Hazmat team has been on-site throughout Sunday night and into Monday to help address the spill.


Officials say first responders have worked since Sunday afternoon on the derailment and are now preparing a plan to start removing the railcars. Currently, the plan is to allow the ongoing fire to burn itself out as responders continue pumping water onto it. There is no threat of an explosion due to the fire at this time.


Portions of the voluntary evacuation orders are still in effect for about a 25-block area in the southern part of the town.


Officials are reporting that a bridge collapse did not cause the derailment and that it was actually destroyed during the derailment. Union Pacific is still investigating the cause of the derailment.


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