The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office and area firefighters responded about 1:00 a.m. Friday, March 10, 2017 to a train derailment and fire near Graettinger, Iowa — about 160 miles northwest of Des Moines.
Residents were evacuated from the area, and flames were visible from as far as eight miles away.
Palo Alto County emergency management director Mark Hunefeld reported no people are injured. Hunefeld said at least 27 cars derailed, including the burning tanks that he believes were loaded with ethanol.
The freight train totaled 101 railcars, and eight of the railcars were still burning as of 7:00 a.m. Friday morning.
— Tia Heidebrecht (@TiaKTIV4) March 10, 2017
Several of the cars are still on fire. Crews are letting the fire burn as of now. pic.twitter.com/vsdtmyI41P
— Ashly Richardson (@AshlyKTIV4) March 10, 2017
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