19 Railroad Sand Cars Derailed

3/17/2013

CLARK COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — The Clark County Sheriff’s Department says 19 cars derailed off of tracks between Merrillan and Hatfield around six o’clock 3/16/13. The train was carrying sand and at least one car spilled tons of it on Highway K. Deputies say there was one operator on the train. A cause has not yet been determined. Clark County Emergency Management says it’s working with Canadian National Railways on the investigation. The Emergency Management Director, John Ross says the clean-up will continue with road closure for a lengthy period of time. “The big challenge will be, you’ll have a lot of heavy equipment involved, you’ll have cleanup of the cars, you may have to empty some of the cars, to move them upright. It’s definitely not a typical accident scene,” said Ross. County road ‘K’ in Clark County is now closed in that area. Drivers are asked to take alternate routes.

Comments

  1. The Whisperer says:

    Was this sand resin coated sand. There are several resin coating plants in Merrillan and Taylor areas (4 I think). If there was a spill of resin coated sand, could there be an environmental hazard requiring special clean up. Has anyone taken pictures or seen any hazmat clean up procedures being used? We can’t afford to have this area polluted any more than it is

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