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New: Diesel fuel spilled in Dunn County train derailment

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Dunn County (WQOW) - Cleanup continued in Dunn County Monday after a train derailed near Knapp on Sunday.

Luckily, authorities say nobody was hurt in the crash that caused 18 cars to go off the track.

However, two of the cars did spill diesel fuel.

Union Pacific says its hazmat team responded and is working with state officials on remediation.

While the cause of the derailment remains under investigation, the costs of cleanup are piling up for things like debris removal, rail reconstruction and overtime pay.

Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd said the biggest issue has been traffic.

School buses were delayed up to 15 minutes on Monday morning due to rerouting and Bygd said some people are also not obeying the traffic barriers.

As cleanup continues, the costs add up.

"Well, initially there's obviously some costs involved, getting enough staff out there to cover traffic control and things like that. They will see a bill from us and hopefully they'll be able to cover those costs so it isn't a burden on the taxpayers," Bygd said.

Bygd said he cannot put a number on how much Union Pacific will have to pay but he said expenses will be filed to Union Pacific.

The train was reportedly carrying "mixed commodities," essentially a various assortment of goods.

Union Pacific would not release the cost of damage and cleanup. They also say they cannot disclose how much money will be paid back to Dunn County but officials say it will be done in a timely manner.

McKenna Alexander

McKenna Alexander is the weekend anchor and a multimedia journalist for News 18. She started in June 2019. She was born in San Francisco, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Dallas.

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