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Train Derailment Near Brainerd Ties Up Main Track

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BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) – Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is working Monday to clear a main track near Brainerd where 20 cars in a loaded coal train derailed.

Railroad spokeswoman Amy McBeth says four cars are on their sides, but she’s not sure how much coal spilled. One car typically carries 116 tons of coal. She says no one was injured when the 121-car train derailed Sunday afternoon.

The derailment, east of the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport, has blocked a main track. McBeth says it will result in delays for railroad, so crews are working as quickly as possible to clear the tracks.

McBeth says the train was on its way to Superior, Wis. She says it’s too early to say what caused the derailment.

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