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Train derailment and fire lead to evacuations in northwestern Iowa

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“The derailment occurred around 2 p.m. this afternoon,” said Robynn Tysver, a spokeswoman for CNN-affiliated KMEG Pacific Union. “We estimate that about 47 cars were hit.”

The train crew was not injured, Tysver added.

According to authorities, the fire was caused by diesel Affiliated to CNN KTIV, and that the derailment was the result of a collapse of the bridge.

Pacific Union officials said the incident is still being investigated, KTIV reported.

For those who did not evacuate, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post that residents were “advised to open windows on both sides of their homes and stand in the center of their homes.”

“This is a safety measure in case a railway wagon explodes,” the sheriff’s office wrote.

All waterways in the area were blocked, KTIV reported.

CNN has contacted the county sheriff’s office and emergency management office for more information.

After the derailment, the Sibley-Ocheyedan ​​community school district also announced on Monday it would be delayed two hours.

A decision on the rest of the day will be made Monday morning, the district said in a Facebook post.

“Stay safe and we thank all of our emergency personnel for their work to help us stay safe in these times of crisis,” he said.

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