A train derailed in the Mississipi, sending two containers into the Mississippi River between Iowa and Wisconsin on Thursday, April 27, 2023. Railway officials say there’s no risk to the river. YouTube Tips ⓘ
A BNSF Railway freight train derailed about 12:15 P.M. Thursday, April 27, 2023 between DeSoto and Ferryville in southwest Wisconsin on the east side of the Mississippi River along Wisconsin Highway 35. Two engines and 10 freight cars went off track. Three engines were pulling the train. Two rail cars fell into the river, but no hazardous materials were released into the river. The total number of freight cars were not initially reported.
A fluid leaking was initially believed to be paint, but was determined to be cream. The hazardous materials transported and initially assessed on the freight train derailment were lithium batteries, paint, and oxygen containers. Following the hazmat assessment, the containers in the river were described as containing paint that was nonhazardous, according to Director of Emergency Management for Crawford County Jim Hackett. The rail cars in the river were secured to the river bank.
The railroad tracks are located between the east bank of the Mississippi River and Highway 35.
There were no fatalities. Four train crew members were transported to the hospital with injuries initially reported to be non-life-threatening.
There had been flooding in the area, and transportation department reports the WIS 82 bridge nearby had been closed since Tuesday due to high water.
A press released regarding the April 27, 2023 train derailment was not archived on the BNSF website; however, a March 30, 2023 incident involving derailment and fire near Raymond, Minnesota was archived.
BNSF confirmed in a press release on their official website that a freight train of approximately 22 cars carrying mixed freight including ethanol and corn syrup derailed with four cars on fire at 1:02 a.m. on March 30, 2023.
There were no other hazardous materials on the train and no injuries as a result of the Raymond, Minnesota incident. BNSF field personnel were onsite to assess the derailment site and were working closely with local first responders. The Raymond site is almost 300 miles from the DeSoto site via road travel.
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