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Single Train Car Derailment Near South Range

Single Train Car Derailment Near South Range Photo: WDIO-TV

Taylor Holt
Updated: December 14, 2018 10:36 PM

The Superior Fire Department says a single train car that was carrying hydrogen peroxide derailed south of the Itasca rail yard in Parkland Township Friday morning.  The car was carrying 18,000 gallons of the chemical. 

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A spokesperson for the department says a couple of cars left the track around 10:30 a.m. in the Union Pacific rail yard, and says that a valve leaked, but that crews were able to stop the leak. 

Superior Police, Parkland Fire, and the DNR set up measures to prevent the chemical from getting into nearby waters. Crews used sand and a front end loader to build collection dams strategically placed to keep product from reaching the nearby swampland and water ways.

Superior Police say at no time was the public in danger, the scene was continually monitored for air quality. No evacuation was required. City Limits Road was periodically shut down for the duration of the incident to allow heavy equipment to move.

The rail car was isolated from the rest of the train and eventually set upright using heavy machinery designed for this purpose. Once the train moved and the leaking was confirmed to be stopped crews began flushing and collecting the affected area with fresh water. 

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