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Coal Train Derails In Cedar County

Dean Borg/IPR
A train carrying coal derailed early Thursday morning near Stanwood, Ia., about 30 miles east of Cedar Rapids.

Rail workers using specialized heavy equipment are clearing wreckage from an early Thursday morning Union Pacific derailment in Stanwood in east central Iowa.

The train was traveling on one of Iowa’s busiest rail lines, carrying coal eastward through the state.  Several coal cars derailed, stalling the train in the Cedar County town, and blocking Iowa Highway 38 northward.  Those cars have since been moved, resuming highway traffic on Iowa 38.

The Union Pacific railroad runs parallel to U.S. Highway 30, and the derailment is one block north.

Pat Blank is the host of All Things Considered