Union Pacific Train Derails, Ethanol Alcohol Rail Tankers Catch Fire, Explode Near Graettinger, Iowa

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.

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