There’s a big mess in Tama County after two Union Pacific trains wrecked Tuesday afternoon. Union Pacific spokesman James Barnes says the accident happened about two miles west of Tama around 3 o’clock. He says a loaded 138-car coal train traveling east from Wyoming to Iowa collided with a westbound intermodel train traveling from Illinois to California.
Barnes says no-one was injured and no dangerous chemicals were spilled. Barnes says U-P officials are on the scene figuring out what to do next. He says they’ll evaluate and assess the situation to determine a plan for re-railing the tracks and getting the trains moving again. There’s been no damage estimate yet, and it’s not known how long it will take to restore service on the line.