GRAETTINGER, Iowa — A Union Pacific train carrying a shipment of ethanol derailed near Graettinger early Friday morning. Twenty-seven of the 100 loaded tank cars in the train’s consist derailed and caught fire after impact. There were no injuries or fatalities reported in the accident.
Union Pacific did not comment on the incident other than to confirm that the train had derailed, and referred further questions to the National Transportation Safety Board.
The NTSB released a preliminary report detailing the agency’s response to the incident. While it is too early to determine how much ethanol spilled during the derailment or determine the cause of the crash, the safety agency news release reports that outdated DOT-111 tank cars that made up at least a portion of the derailed ethanol train’s consist. According the the document, “the NTSB has identified many vulnerabilities in the DOT-111 tank car design that create the risk of the release of hazardous materials or flammable liquids when those tank cars are involved in an accident.”
UPDATED: New headline, full story, additional photos. March 10, 2017, 1:16 p.m. Central time.