A train derailment closed roads in Dunn County.

A Union Pacific train derailed near the 190th Street crossing east of the village of Knapp shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office.

No injuries were reported, and there are no reports of spilled hazardous materials. The train had been traveling eastbound and several rail cars derailed, authorities said.

U.S. Hwy. 12 was closed from County Road K to County Road Q until Monday evening.

Union Pacific personnel were evaluating the scene of the derailment Sunday night.

The sheriff’s office, Menomonie Fire and Ambulance, Boyceville and Colfax fire departments, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Dunn County Highway Department responded to the scene.

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"Union Pacific runs the largest railroad in North America and exercises by far the most political influence in the railroad industry, particularly within the Republican party. Vice President Dick Cheney served on the company's board prior to the 2000 elections. "


"“We cannot wait for another train derailment to occur before we take action to improve the safety of our rail system and preparedness of our local responders,” ... “We have been lucky in recent years that we haven’t had any derailments in Wisconsin, but we shouldn’t have to rely on luck to ensure the safety of our communities and citizens.”

The bill, which was modeled after rail safety legislation enacted in Minnesota, would do the following:

Provide for more state rail track inspectors ..."




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