Train derailment reported near Sidney
UPDATED 9:05 p.m.
SIDNEY — Railroad personnel and the Champaign County sheriff’s deputies remained at the scene of a train derailment near Sidney on Thursday evening.
John Dwyer of the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency confirmed that a Union Pacific train derailed south of Sidney before 7 p.m. Thursday.
Ten cars were derailed, with nine of them on their sides, with the containers spilling over to the east side of the tracks. One car was upright but off the tracks. A couple of the cars were split open.
The Sidney-Longview Road (County Road 2100 E) is blocked due to the accident.
Dwyer said there were no injuries, and the hazardous materials team was not needed at the scene.
Dwyer said the railroad cars were apparently knocked down by strong winds.
Tracy Wingler, maintenance supervisor for the Champaign County Highway Department, said he was the first person to spot the derailment.
“I was driving when I saw the train blocking the road,” Wingler said. “When I looked closer, I saw some of the train cars had blown over.”
Crop damage could be seen to a corn field west of the railroad tracks.