A train derailment occurred on Thursday near Ferryville, Wisconsin, south of the Lansing Bridge. Representative Derrick Van Orden (R-Wis.) reported the incident.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) stated that two of the three locomotives and an unknown number of freight cars were involved. Two containers fell into the Mississippi River, but they did not contain hazardous materials, and the volumes involved did not pose a risk to the river or communities. Some of the containers that derailed on shore contained paint and lithium-ion batteries. BNSF assured the public that the materials are not harmful to the environment.
All crew members were accounted for, and only one individual received a medical evaluation. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office closed Wisconsin State Highway 35 from State Highway 171 to State Highway 82 in De Soto, but no evacuation was necessary.
Local emergency personnel and national organizations are cooperating to ensure the safety of the impacted area. The FRA has dispatched safety officials to the area to gather data and assist local operations.
However, the main track is blocked in both directions, and BNSF has not provided an estimated time for reopening it.
Governor Tony Evers (D-Wis.) tweeted that he was keeping an eye on the situation and receiving incoming information from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Department of Natural Resources, and state emergency management officials.
The cause of the derailment remains under investigation. It is noteworthy that this incident occurred almost three months after another train derailment in Ohio. We hope that the investigation will determine the cause of the derailment and that appropriate measures will be taken to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.