Union Pacific releases probable cause of weekend derailment

Nearly three dozen train cars derailed
dunn county train
Courtesy of Shirley Casper.

DUNN COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT)– Dozens of train cars derailed in Dunn County on January 12.

According to a representative from Union Pacific, their preliminary review indicates a broken rail was likely the cause of Sunday’s derailment near Knapp. A detailed investigation is underway and the full results will be provided to the Federal Railroad Administration.

The Menomonie Fire Department said at 4 p.m. on January 12 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.

Two companies working with Union Pacific assisted with clean up and repairs.

No one was injured during the incident.