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One person reported dead after vehicle crash led to train derailment in Marinette Co.

Highway 141 closed between Pound and Coleman in Marinette Co.
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Posted at 1:22 PM, Dec 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-16 14:48:53-05

POUND (NBC 26) — Correction: This article previously stated the crash happened in Coleman, but in a news release issued a day after the crash, the Marinette County Sheriff said the crash happened in Pound.

Marinette County authorities said one person has died and a couple of people were injured after a vehicle crash that led to a train derailment in Pound.

The Marinette County Sheriff said Wednesday that a rear-end crash pushed vehicles into a passing train, causing the train to derail. The Sheriff said weather played a factor, citing the dense fog that made it difficult for drivers to see.

By Wednesday afternoon, Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve issued a statement urging everyone to not drive in Marinette County at that time, saying the heavy fog had created visibility of under 100 feet across most of the area.

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Train derailment in Marinette County, Dec. 15 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region says US 141 is closed between Pound and Coleman in Marinette County. A long-term detour is in place due to the train derailment on US 141 south of WIS 64.

US 141 Detour:

  • Southbound US 141 traffic will be directed off US 141 in Pound to westbound WIS 64, then take southbound Business US 141 to rejoin southbound US 141. 
  • Northbound US 141 traffic will be directed onto Business US 141 in Coleman and take Business 141 northbound to WIS 64 eastbound to rejoin northbound US 141.
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Detour map provided by WisDOT after a crash involving a train.

The Marinette County Sheriff said US 141 is expected to be blocked for hours. He said during a news conference Wednesday night will be a "long, long night for us."

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Picture of a train derailed in Marinette County, Dec. 15, 2021