The railroad says about 12:20 AM, a Union Pacific train going from Council Bluffs, Iowa to St. Paul, Minnesota experienced a 23-car derailment between Ashton and Ritter.
Union Pacific spokesperson Mark Davis says there were no injuries.
He says that of the 23 rail cars derailed – – 21 were empty and two rail cars were loaded with scrap metal. Heavy equipment is on scene and crews are working through the day to move the derailed cars and repair the track that was damaged as the result of the derailment.
There is no estimate yet when the line will reopen or the cause of the derailment.