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New Hampton Train Derailment Creates Anxious Moments

Cleanup continues following a train derailment just outside of New Hampton.

The crash occurred Saturday afternoon at about 4 p.m., putting emergency responders into action and civic leaders on high alert. New Hampton Schools Superintendent Jay Jurrens says the derailment near the high school and middle school complex has led to travel adjustments for district buses.

Mayor Bobby Schwickerath commended the response by emergency personnel for their quick action to the scene, while the City had to respond quickly to social media.

The train derailment has been downgraded from an emergency scene to an industrial work site with Canadian Pacific (CP) Railroad now responsible for clean up and recovery. 

Chickasaw County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) says the Iowa DNR and the EPA will continue to monitor operations. The FAA has also designated a “no fly zone” for an altitude up to 3,000 feet and a three-mile radius around the crash site.

In a release Wednesday afternoon, Chickasaw County EMA said, “Crews continue to work on removing rail cars from the scene and will begin replacing damaged tracks. Over the next four days CP will be driving bridge pillars in for the new bridge. This process is very loud and can be heard over a mile away. Crews will continue working 24 hours a day to expedite the completion of this process.”

*Pic courtesy EPA

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Mark Pitz

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