Update on industrial accident on August 28, 2023

Last Updated on August 28, 2023 by Cass County Sheriff’s Office

On Monday, August 28, 2023 at approximately 6:45 a.m., Cass County Central Dispatch received a call of a possible train derailment at the Waelz Sustainable Products (WSP) plant located at 3440 West County Road 300 South. Several deputies from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Units from the Clymers Fire Department, Cass County Emergency Management Agency and Cass County Emergency Medical Services also responded. Initial scene assessment found an intra-facility locomotive and four car train had derailed with the engine and one car overturning.

Preliminary investigation by Deputy David Wells found an employee of WSP had been operating the locomotive to move four rail cars within the production facility when the yard locomotive and first hopper car overturned and left the tracks. The other three cars did not overturn. The cargo cars were not loaded and no chemicals were released. The engine operator, Shane Baber, 51, of Logansport, was flown to Parkview Hospital via medical helicopter with non-life threatening injuries. He was release from Parkview Hospital at 10 a.m. with no serious injuries.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office will have no further information regarding this incident.

SOURCE: News release from Cass County Sheriff’s Office