Train hits washout in South Dakota; 2 crew members rescued
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. (AP) — Two crew members had to be rescued when a freight train derailed after hitting a washout in southwestern South Dakota.
Pennington County authorities say the eastbound Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad derailed early Friday when the train came across a washout caused by flash flooding in New Underwood.
The three locomotives and about 15 cars derailed. The lead locomotive ended up on its side and partially submerged in water.
Authorities say the two-person crew was rescued from the lead locomotive. The crew members’ injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening, and they were taken by ambulance to Rapid City.
The 60-car train was carrying clay, cement and scrap metals. No first responders were hurt.