MN Train Derailment Clean Up

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A train derailment in south-eastern Minnesota had crews working through the night and all day to clean up the damage.

It happened at about 11 last night on the tracks parallel to highway 26 along the river in Houston County. There were no injuries, but as fox 25 48’s Erin O’Brien explains, concerns arose over the environmental impact.

Fifteen cars from a Canadian pacific train derailed last night just north of Reno Minnesota.

Six cars carrying soybean oil landed in the Mississippi river. Two cars broke through the ice.

A spokesperson for Canadian pacific says some of the derailed cars were carrying a salt-like product called sodium chlorate, but none reached the river.

Several agencies participated in the cleanup process.

There’s a lot of folks that have come down, the Minnesota DNR, the us fish and wildlife service, the EPA, the Minnesota pollution control agency, a whole host of folks, the federal railroad administration, have come down to help work the response for their different responsibilities.

The EPA says this stretch of water does have quite a bit of wildlife in it. That’s why their first priority was checking to see if any oil had gotten into the water.

It’s a very sensitive natural area, fish and wildlife refuge so we want to make sure that we look at the species that are here with something called a sensitivity atlas, and see what is at risk. 

This afternoon Canadian pacific reported that they did find what appears to be soybean oil downstream from the site… While the oil is not dangerous they say they’re working to contain the possible release.

Today they also re-railed five cars.

In Reno, Erin O’Brien, Fox 25 48 news at 9.

Canadian pacific says they expect the rail line to reopen overnight

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