The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

December 26, 2013

No spillage from derailed boxcars

By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer

CLINTON — Emergency personnel and street department employees responded Thursday to an area near Collis, Inc., 2005 S. 19th St., for a report of boxcars derailed from the tracks.

The street department barricaded a portion of 19th Street while waiting for equipment that could put the train cars back on the tracks so they can be moved.  Karen McQuistion, from the Clinton Fire Department, said the firefighters arrived on scene at approximately 1:16 p.m. and determined there was no hazardous material concerns.

Clinton Police Capt. James Klaes confirmed he received a report of the cars off their tracks at approximately 2:30 p.m. He added the derailment occurred where boxcars go in and out for unloading and loading.

McQuistion said four cars and a locomotive were involved in the incident, with one of the cars going just a little bit off track. Firefighters remained on scene for approximately 40 minutes, reviewing the situation and blocking off the area. She confirmed that the boxcar contained paper products and nothing spilled.