Updated: 11/07/2015 11:22 PM KAALtv.com video at site
(KSTP) -- UPDATE: Emergency crews were on the scene of a train derailment in western Wisconsin that closed highways and prompted a voluntary evacuation of nearby residents.
"Truthfully, I've always been concerned something like this might happen," said Patti Stinson of Buffalo City who was taking pictures of the train on Saturday.
A statement from BNSF Railway said 25 cars derailed roughly two miles north of Alma, Wisconsin, at approximately 8:45 a.m. Saturday.
"You assume the worst. You never know when it involves the water either," said Chief Deputy Colin Severson from the Buffalo County Sheriff's Office.
The cars included empty auto racks and tanker cars of denatured alcohol, more commonly known as ethanol, according to the statement.
"They're working on stabilizing the cars and cleaning them up," Severson said.
BNSF said there are no reports of fire, smoke or injuries. Parts of two state highways were closed due to the incident, but were then re-opened in the afternoon.
"In this case everybody responded very quickly," Severson said.
The Buffalo County Sheriff's office said the Alma American Legion was set up for those who left their homes.
Many locals say they had no idea there was potential for a serious threat, therefore staying put, disregarding the voluntary evacuation...... more here
Five tankers leaked unknown amount of ethanol into Mississippi River
Updated On: Nov 08 2015 News8000.com video at site
Just before 9 a.m, the Buffalo County Sheriff's Department said 32
cars fell off the tracks near Highway 35 and County Road I, about 2
miles north of Alma.
No one is injured after a train derailed in Buffalo County Saturday morning.
The Sheriff's Department said five of the cars were carrying ethanol that leaked into the Mississippi River. The leaks have been contained, but officials are not sure how much ethanol entered the water........ more here