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Cleanup continues after 16-car train derailment near Brewster

Minor amount of isooctane leaked from one car, and remediation efforts are underway.

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Multiple cars derailed along the Union Pacific Railway just before 2:45 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021, near the New Vision Cooperative fertilizer plant on the edge of Brewster. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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BREWSTER — The Union Pacific Railroad continues to investigate the cause of a partial train derailment near the New Vision Cooperative fertilizer plant Saturday afternoon at Brewster.

According to a statement released by Kristen South, senior director of corporate communications and media relations for the railroad, 16 cars derailed in the incident, which was reported to local law enforcement at 2:45 p.m.

“The crew was not hurt,” South wrote in an initial email Sunday morning. “Union Pacific crews are working to clear the cars and make any repairs necessary.”

The tracks were cleared by Sunday evening, and South wrote in a follow-up email on Monday that the tracks reopened late Sunday night.

During the cleanup, South said a “minor amount of isooctane leaked from one of the cars,” and noted that remediation efforts were underway.


Union Pacific Railway officials investigate a derailment just outside of Brewster Saturday evening, July 10, 2021. The derailment was reported at 2:45 p.m. Saturday. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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