Cause of Train Derailment Investigated

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 3/18 at 11:48 a.m.

Motorists are asked to avoid County Road K between Hatfield and Merrillan in Clark County as crews are still working to clean-up a train derailment.

Around 6 p.m Saturday evening, the Clark County Communications Center received a report that 19 cars had derailed. There were no injuries reported. County Rd K was blocked by the derailment and the roadway was closed as a result of the incident. The railroad cars were transporting sand and no hazardous materials were involved.

The Canadian National Railroad brought in heavy equipment to clean up the scene, including re-railing of some of the cars and movement of others clear of the tracks to allow for repairs and clean up. The cars which could not be placed back onto the rails will be unloaded and removed once completed. This continued clean up is expected to keep the roadway closed for a couple more days.

A cause has not yet been determined.

ORIGINAL STORY: 3/16 at 9:16 p.m.

HATFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- Canadian National is investigating the cause of a train derailment in western Wisconsin.

Nineteen train cars derailed and spilled an unknown amount of sand near Hatfield Saturday. The train was traveling between Taylor and Wisconsin Rapids. No one was hurt.

The La Crosse Tribune says County Road K was closed as crews worked on repairs and cleanup.

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