Train Derailment

A train derailment more than a year ago in Alma may have been caused by crew fatigue according to a report released by the Federal Railroad Administration.

The La Crosse Tribune reports the BNSF freight train derailed on November 17th, 2015 leaking over 20,000 gallons of ethanol with some of it ending up in the Mississippi River.

25 cars left the tracks causing some 2.1 million dollars in damage. The report indicates the engineer may have hit the brakes too quickly causing the cars to derail.  

The F-R-A determined that heavier cars pushed into lighter cars causing the lighter cars to off the tracks.

There were no reported injuries and the DNR has not reported any damage to the river....                                                                           

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