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Flood waters cause train derailment in Iowa

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (KTTC) -- Two train engineers had to jump to the top of their locomotive for safety after the train derailed early Tuesday morning in north Iowa.

At about 1:30 Tuesday, the railroad employees were safely rescued from the locomotives that were surrounded by rising flood waters from the Little Cedar River.

The site of the derailments was at least half a mile from any road. The train of at least 80 cars was carrying ethanol.

Inspection of the rail cars and locomotives revealed that the only concern for leaking was coming from one of the locomotives diesel tanks.

It is unknown just how much had leaked into the river due to very high flood waters.

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