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UPDATE: Two engineers trapped after a train derailment in Floyd County have been safely rescued. Charles City Fire Chief Eric Whipple tells us they were safely removed from the train around 2:00 am Tuesday morning.
Floyd County, IA – Rescuers are working to get to two train engineers trapped inside an engine that has fallen into the Cedar River after a derailment late Monday night.
According to Charles City Fire Chief Eric Whipple, the railroad company, Canadian Pacific, has made contact with the two workers on board the train, and determined that they are ok, but rescuers are having trouble navigating the scene to reach them. A Mercy Air Med helicopter is being used to get a birds-eye view of the scene.
Whipple says the derailment happened east of Charles City when the train traveled over a portion of track that had been washed out by floodwaters. It’s believed the train was carrying ethanol, and a hazardous materials team is also responding.