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Update: Train derails in Mason City; street now open

This news story was published on December 23, 2011.
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UPDATE: South Carolina Ave. near the 1200 block is now open. The rail crossing there had been closed overnight due to a train derailment. There were still 6-8 workers at the scene Saturday morning clearing debris from the area.

A Canadian Pacific Railway train derailed Friday evening near the 1200 block of South Carolina Ave in Mason City.  The incident took place at about 8:45 pm, Mason City police said.  Crews were still there working to clear up the problem at 10:15 pm.  Police said that the street will remain closed until the crossing is safe.

2012-12-23 10:15 pm

2012-12-24 2:00 am

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3 Responses to Update: Train derails in Mason City; street now open

  1. Birdzabian Reply Report comment

    December 23, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Worked for the railroad for 6 years, there can be dozens of reasons for a train to derail. The railroad will pay for any damages to the street but the city is responsible for the crossings. The road goes through the rr’s property, not the other way around, if citizens want to get over the tracks the city needs to pay for the crossing.

  2. lucky one Reply Report comment

    December 23, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    The Carolina crossing is so rough. You don’t dare go very fast over the tracks. It seems it wasn’t that long ago those crossings were all redone. Now they are sunk into the ground. Don’t know if that had anything to do with the derailment though.

  3. mason city Reply Report comment

    December 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    i hope the city of mason city dos not do the repairs, the derail enough already