Dozens of train cars derail in Dunn County, authorities on scene

DUNN COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT)– Dozens of train cars derailed in Dunn County on Sunday afternoon. The incident happened outside the village of Knapp.

The Menomonie Fire Department said at 4 p.m. it was dispatched to the scene near U.S. Highway 12 near 190th St. Crews determined the train was carrying hazardous materials, but those train cars were not involved in the derailment.

The Fire Department said nearly three dozen train cars were involved, though Union Pacific said it did not yet know how many derailed. The two-mile-long train was carrying a variety of materials.

Authorities are unsure why the train jumped the tracks, but investigators with Union Pacific are on scene.

Two companies working with Union Pacific are assisting with clean up and repairs, which will continue through the night. They hope to have the train line back in service within one to two days.

Highway 12 from County Highway Q to County Highway K is closed because of the crash until further notice. WisDOT says drivers traveling eastbound should go south on CTH Q, then east on WIS 29, north on CTH K back to US 12. Westbound traffic can revert this route.

No one was injured during the incident.