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Update: 11 train cars derailed Sunday night in Manly

Highway 9 reopened to traffic around 7 a.m. Monday.

Posted: Dec 15, 2019 9:58 PM
Updated: Dec 17, 2019 3:16 AM

MANLY, Iowa - Traffic was impacted Sunday night after 11 train cars derailed.

According to Manly Police, authorities responded to the Union Pacific crossing on Highway 9 for the report of train cars being derailed, with traffic being rerouted through town until the scene was cleaned up.

There are no injuries or evacuations being reported.

A spokesman with Union Pacific said nine hopper cars were carrying plastic pellets and the other two were carrying liquid petroleum gas. No gas was released in the crash.

Manly Police Chief Aaron Pals is thankful for the quick response from agencies, and that the situation didn't deteriorate any further, especially when dealing with the lack of daylight, and the very cold temperatures.

"That would've been a huge undertaking. Obviously, we have emergency plans in place, but it didn't reach that level."

"Once the DOT got their signs up, it was a little bit easier. We really appreciate the help from them. Everybody worked well together to get it [Highway 9] open as quickly as we could."

Highway 9 reopened to traffic around 6:15 a.m. Monday.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

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