April 20, 2020: BNSF Train Derailed in Grant County Wisconsin

A BNSF train derailed on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River not far from the John Deere Dubuque Works factory. The accident occured when the train struck a large boulder that was on the tracks. There were no injuries reported and the rail cars were all empty at the time of the accident.
Amy McBeth, the spokeswoman for BNSF, said “We had 10 rail cars that derailed, and of that, we had 3 that were partially in the water. What has happened is we have one that is out and two that are partially in the water that we will be working on today….We can eventually get to point to where we can prevent all of these incidents from happening. That’s why, while this incident is unique and different from anything else, we need to understand it full and investigate it. And we intend to do that…As you know, everything we need on a train is something that we need on a day-to-day basis. And there’s an especially heightened interest in paper products, medicine, cleaning solutions, all those kinds of things. And those are moved my trains across the county. So we understand the importance of safely and quickly getting that track back in service.”

Train derailment on Wisconsin side of Mississippi, no injuries reported