Train Derails in Minidoka County

2013-08-13T01:00:00Z Train Derails in Minidoka CountyBy Dan Warner and Laurie Welch Times-News Twin Falls Times-News

MINIDOKA • A train partially derailed Sunday morning in Minidoka County near 800 East Road and Idaho 24 outside of Minidoka.

Eleven cars from the 63-car train left the tracks at 11:20 a.m. Sunday.

No one was injured, and no crossings were blocked, said Minidoka County Sheriff Eric Snarr.

The cause of the derailment had not been determined, Snarr said, but the engineer and conductor thought the train was dragging something when it reached the switch, causing those cars to catch and leave the tracks.

Cars were scattered on both sides of the tracks, and one tipped over and spilled lye, he said.

The train was en route from Salt Lake City to Oregon, said Union-Pacific Railroad spokesman Aaron Hunt.

One of the derailed cars was an empty tanker that usually carries anhydrous ammonia.

“That was definitely the car we were most focused on,” said Hunt.

The other cars were carrying mixed freight, including lumber, grain and potash.

“None of those spilled,” he said.

Union-Pacific has 800 miles of track and 1,000 employees in Idaho, Hunt said.

The clean-up process is now up to Union-Pacific Railroad. Snarr said law enforcement and fire department personnel left the scene within a few hours.

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