(WFRV) – A freight train in Wisconsin derailed along the Mississippi River which caused multiple railway cars to get sent into the water.
Wisconsin Congressman Derrick Van Orden says his staff was made aware of a train derailment south of the Lansing Bridge in Ferryville. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says that STH 35 from STH 171 to STH 82 in Desoto is closed.
Video obtained by Local 5, shows multiple box cars in the water. The Associated Press says that two cars ended up in the river. Batteries were believed to be onboard but were contained and don’t pose a threat to the public.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s (BNSF) initial statement is as follows:
BNSF Railway can confirm that a train derailed near De Soto, Wisconsin on April 27, at approximately 12:15 p.m. local time. Two of the three locomotives and an unknown number of cars carrying freight of all kinds are reported to be derailed on the bluff side of the Mississippi River. The main track is blocked in both directions and an estimated time for reopening the track is pending. Crew members are accounted for, with one receiving medical evaluation. Local first responders are on-site. BNSF has personnel en route to the scene and the cause of the incident is under investigation.Burlington Northern Santa Fe
There is reportedly no need for evacuation according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.
“The immediate concern is the safety of all those involved and surrounding this incident,” WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson said. “WisDOT is working diligently to ensure that traffic is diverted to safe roads and bridges while we thoroughly evaluate this event.”
Local 5 will continue to update this story if more details are released.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.