Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway hopes to have tracks back to normal after a Sunday derailment near Ottumwa. The derailment happened about 1:50 p.m. and shut down both tracks the railway owns. Track one was returned to service shortly after 4am this morning, according to a statement on the company’s website, while there is no estimate for reopening Track two. Investigators are looking into what may have caused the derailment. Some railroad ties caught fire after the accident, but the rail cars and their coal did not; Thankfully no one was injured.
A transformer blow out caused nearly 1,900 people to be without power in Knoxville and rural Marion County at approximately 3am this morning. Mid-American Energy was able to restore power within several hours; an official cause of the transformer malfunction has not yet been released, but staff say the company has dealt with several power outages across the Midwest recently due to heat related issues.