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Flooding causes 95-car train to derail in Iron County; 3 injured

Three people were injured after floodwaters caused a train to derail near Lund in Iron County on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

Three people were injured after floodwaters caused a train to derail near Lund in Iron County on Thursday, July 15, 2021. (Iron County Sheriff's Office)


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LUND, Iron County — Three train operators were injured after floodwaters caused the train to derail in a remote part of Iron County on Thursday evening.

The derailment took place just after 10 p.m. Thursday near Lund in Iron County, according to a news release from the Iron County Sheriff's Office.

The three occupants of the train had contacted emergency dispatchers and reported that there had been water covering the tracks, causing the train to derail, according to the news release. The three people were injured, but were able to get out of the train and get on top of the upper side of the derailed train. However, due to the rising flood waters, they became stuck on top of the train, according to the news release.

Because of the remote location of the derailment and the flooding, emergency personnel weren't able to respond to the area until about 12:50 a.m., according to the news release. The three people were eventually able to get off of the train and were transported to hospitals for further treatment. One of the victims had a head injury and was bleeding, but all three were in good condition, the sheriff's office said.

The derailed train had about 95 cars carrying unknown cargo, according to the news release. People are asked to stay out of the area until the train cars have been removed.

Multiple agencies responded to the derailment to assist with the operation, the sheriff's office said. The investigation has now been turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board and Union Pacific. Further information about the incident wasn't available Friday.

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