UPDATE: Dozens of cars go off tracks in train derailment in Sibley, IA

Updated: May. 16, 2021 at 10:40 PM CDT
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Sibley, IA (Dakota News Now) - UPDATE: A Union Pacific Railroad spokesperson told Dakota News Now 47 cars went off the tracks after a train derailed right outside of Sibley, IA Sunday afternoon. The train was carrying three different materials, hydrochloric acid, potassium hydroxide, and asphalt.

The city administrator, Glenn Anderson, said there’s no immediate danger, but areas of western and central Sibley are evacuated as a precaution. Anderson said Union Pacific Railroad officials were there Monday morning assessing the situation.

There’s no timeline on when things will be cleaned up. One of the cars was still on fire Monday morning, so local agencies were containing what they could with water and foam.


A fiery train derailment in Northwest Iowa prompted an evacuation in Sibley, Iowa.

The derailment happened early Sunday afternoon in Sibley, IA located in Osceola County. Billowing black smoke filled the air coming from the train.

Hazmat teams were called in because the train was hauling the fertilizer and explosive ammonium nitrate, according to Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls.

Officials say they are letting the fire die out overnight due to the possibility of toxic chemicals. Police say people were evacuated from parts of Sibley.

One witness caught the fiery scene on camera.

“Took up the drone, took about two minutes to see the mangled mess, all the cars were twisted and beside themselves and I just started recording, switched positions took about 20 videos. This flame could go for awhile,” said Nathan Minten, a Sibley Resident.

The American Red Cross and Osceola County Emergency Management have opened a reception center for individuals displaced from their home. It’s located at the Ashton Legion Hall.

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