Seventeen Cars Of Meat Spilled In Iowa Wreck
Newell (INS) — Seventeen cars of an Illinois Central fast meat train were derailed near Newell early Thursday, but no one was seriously injured.
Sheriff Harry Dreyer said the accident happened shortly after midnight when the fourth or fifth car behind the engine apparently began dragging and broke loose, spilling the cars loaded with meat, hundreds of feet along the right of way.
Dreyer said a bridge across the Coon river was completely torn out and a long section of track ripped out.
Sides of meat were dumped into ditches along the tracks and Dreyer said before deputies could begin patrolling the scene many carcasses were stolen.
Two persons were slightly injured, John Callahan, 48, of Cherokee, a conductor, and Bernard St John, 57, of Sioux City, a trainman. Both were taken to a Storm Lake hospital, where they were in good condition.
Newell is about 10 miles east of Storm Lake.
Highway patrolmen, railroad detectives and county deputies patrolled the scene to prevent more meat from being stolen.
Another meat train that was following the ill-fated one was forced to return to Storm Lake."