SIBLEY, IA (KELO) – The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in northwestern Iowa tells us that a train derailed Sunday in Sibley, which is between Rock Rapids and Okoboji. On Sunday afternoon, city residents said they were told to evacuate. An Iowa state told our crew on the spot that they were worried that anything burning from the derailment was toxic to inhale.
Residents of Sibley, Iowa, were shocked when the train derailed in their small town.
“For the first time, as I said, I experienced something like this,”
“It’s pretty quiet here, things don’t usually happen,” said evacuated resident Glenda Deboer.
“You come from a small town, you know, nothing ever happens that way, so we just went to see where it was and then we thought maybe the elevator caught fire and then it turned out to be a derailment of the train, it was just the craziest thing that ever happened, ”said evacuee Emily Runge.
Sightseeing is something many residents thought they would do before they were told to evacuate.
“I looked and saw this big, thick, black smoke and I thought it might be something in the center,” Jenkins said.
“My husband was outside and he heard, I mean, he heard a very, very loud noise, so he went to town,” Deboer said. “I mean, he didn’t know what was going on, but he knew it was something.”
But when they were told they had to leave, they grabbed the most important thing.
“I’m ready,” Jenkins said. “I put everything like my medicine and my things in my bag.”
“I decided, well, we’re just going to make the choice to go out here to relax, and so, yes, we’re heading to Spirit Lake now, so because I don’t think we can get into town,” said evacuee Chris. Runge.
Now they are waiting for everything to clear.
“Thanks to the firefighters who are helping all of us,” said evacuated resident Ashley Niebelink.
“Yes, thank you to the firefighters and especially to the soldiers who keep everyone out of town here,” said evacuee Tori Runge.
Emily Holly, communications manager for Nebraska and Iowa for the American Red Cross, tells us that there have been no reports of derailment injuries. A reception was opened in the Ashton Legion reception hall on the way from Sibley. A state of Iowa said they simply let the fire burn overnight. We will continue to keep you informed of this situation as we learn more.
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