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Document Series
Accident Investigations
Federal Railroad Administration
Accident Date
Accident Type
Derailment (DRM)
Railroad Name
Union Pacific Railroad

Elkhart, IA
United States

Accident Number
Investigation Status
Subject Accident Investigations

On December 25, 2020, at approximately 6:37 a.m. CST, Union Pacific Railroad Company’s (UP) southbound mixed freight train MSSDM-24 with 3 conventionally configured locomotives handling 100 loads, 8 empties, at 7,408 feet in length and 13,050 tons derailed 24 cars (18 loads/ 6 empties) at milepost (MP) 86.4 on the Mason City Subdivision of the Great Lakes Division near Elkhart (Polk County), IA — approximately 12.5 miles north of Des Moines, IA.

Last updated: Friday, December 25, 2020