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KNAPP, Wis. – A Union Pacific freight train derailed near Knapp on Sunday, blocking UP’s former Chicago & North Western Milwaukee-St. Paul main line. The eastbound train, the MNPAL (North Platte, Neb., to Altoona, Wis.) derailed about 35 cars around 4 p.m. at U.S. Highway 12 and 190th Street near the Village of Knapp. The derailment caused 18 of the derailed cars, primarily covered hoppers, to pile up. Officials closed parallel Highway 12, which is expected to remain closed until late afternoon today. UP estimated the line would reopen by 6 p.m. Monday.
UP officials said there were no injuries reported and no hazardous materials were being carried on the train.
Historians will recall that Knapp holds a special place in railroad history for another derailment. On Aug. 5, 1959, the Twin Cities 400 passenger train derailed, but a line of trees prevented the derailed cars from tumbling down a 60-foot embankment onto Highway 12. At least 50 people were taken to hospitals but there were no fatalities.
Trains News Wire is awaiting additional comment from Union Pacific.