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LE MARS, Iowa. — A Union Pacific train traveling from Texas to Valley Park, Minnesota derailed near Le Mars, Iowa, on Monday, October 9, 2012, sending 24 cars off the tracks.

A Union Pacific train derailed near Le Mars, IA on October 8, 2012. The derailment involved a locomotive and 23 empty rail cars.

The accident occurred at about 9:00 a.m. when the empty cars, which usually carry sand, went off the tracks just east of U.S. Highway 60 near Seney, Iowa.

Map showing location of Union Pacific train derailment about 3 miles northeast of Le Mars, IA along Iowa Highway 60 on October 8, 2012.

According to reporters, some cars came to rest on their sides and others were shoved sideways across the tracks, while one rail car was pushed several feet in the air.

According to Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis, the railroad company dispatched crews with heavy equipment to clear the tracks. No injuries were reported at the time of the incident.

The accident remains under investigation at this time.

Source: Sioux City Journal

Posted by Gordon, Elias & Seely, a FELA lawyer and Iowa railroad injury lawyer who publishes train accidents and FELA legal news from across the United States.

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