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Hill County train derailment leaves road closed

August 25, 2019


CREWS ARE WORKING RIGHT NOW TO CLEAN UP A HUGE MESS CAUSED BY A TRAIN DERAILMENT. ABOUT 30 CARS WENT OFF THE RAILS NEAR HIGHWAY 81 AND COUNTY ROAD 42-31 SOUTH OF ITASCA MONDAY. FOX44’S ANNA THRASH WENT TO THE SCENE OF THAT WRECK TODAY. ANNA WHAT ARE PEOPLE LIVING CLOSE BY SAYING? I SPOKE TO THE MAN WHO OWNS THE PROPERTY SURROUNDING THE TRACKS WHERE THE DERAILMENT HAPPENED — HE SAYS HE’S DISAPPOINTED IN UNION PACIFIC. HE SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN SOME LONG TERM PROBLEMS WITH THOSE SPECIFIC TRACKS THAT THE RAILROAD HAS NEVER ADDRESSED. BRACK MANIS OWNS THE PROPERTY WHERE A UNION PACIFIC TRAIN DERAILED MONDAY AFTERNOON. “i’m not very happy with the railroad.” AROUND 3:45 IN THE AFTERNOON — 30 CARS WENT OFF THE TRACKS — BUT THERE WERE NO INJURES OR HAZARDOUS SPILLS. THE HILL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE POSTED LAST NIGHT ASKING PEOPLE TO AVOID THE AREA. MANIS SAYS HE AND HIS NEIGHBORS HAVE FACED PROBLEMS WITH THE RAILROAD BEFORE — AND THIS JUST ADDS TO THE HEADACHE. “when we sold them the land, they came in and cut a big ditch next to it and they cut it too close to us and our fields are all washed out. i haven’t been able to get them to repair it for four years.” CREWS ARE WORKING TO CLEAN UP THE HUGE WRECK — BUT MANIS WANTS UNION PACIFIC TO TAKE MORE ACTION. “i want them to hire a construction crew to come out here and complete what they didn’t do.” MANIS SAYS HE WISHES IT DIDN’T TAKE A DISASTER LIKE THIS TO FINALLY BRING WORKERS OUT TO HIS PROPERTY. “we’ve been doing this for four years. and now they’re over here on my property helping themselves.” WE WANTED TO TALK TO UNION PACIFIC ABOUT MANIS’S CONCERNS — BUT SO FAR WE HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET THEM ON THE PHONE. THE CAUSE OF THE DERAILMENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION. LIVE IN THE CONTROL ROOM, ANNA THRASH FOX44 NEWS. A WOODWAY POLICE

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