Hoping to avert disaster before it strikes, two state lawmakers introduced plans Wednesday to deal with the growing threat from railroad oil tanker spills. On average, ten oil tanker trains rumble through Minnesota each day, hauling huge quantities of North Dakota crude to refineries down south or out east. As oil rail traffic increases, people like Kathy Hollander want action. “This is oil transportation on steroids,” Hollander said.
Authorities are evacuating part of a North Dakota town near the scene of a fiery oil train derailment. Cass County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tara Morris says as many as 300 Casselton residents may be evacuated. Morris says there’s no immediate danger. It’s a precaution in case winds change as some derailed cars continue to burn. Investigators couldn’t get close to the blaze and estimates of how many cars caught fire varied.
Canadian National is investigating what caused a train loaded with iron ore pellets to derail in Two Harbors. CN spokesman Patrick Waldron says 76 of 107 train cars piled up in a rail yard Thursday afternoon.
A cleanup is underway in the southern Minnesota town of Blue Earth, where 17 cars derailed on a train carrying corn, and 10 tipped on their sides.
Sheriff’s officials say 14 cars of a train carrying crude oil derailed in western Minnesota and spilled some of its load.
A freight train has derailed in St. Paul. Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says five empty cars of one of their trains derailed upright at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. He says it was traveling from Chicago to St. Paul and derailed on tracks owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
The last bit of settlement money from a class-action lawsuit over a disastrous train derailment in Minot a decade ago is going to a charity near the site of the wreck.
A Canadian Pacific train derailed near Red Wing, Minn., Sunday morning, causing 19 rail cars to come off the tracks and two to tip over, a spokesperson for the company said.
Some people in the north metro are still dealing with the after effects of a train derailment nearly three months ago.
The Northstar commuter rail serivce, which has been sidelined since Saturday, has finally resumed operations again.
Authorities are on the scene of a bridge that washed out in Fridley due to area flooding and likely caused a train derailment early Saturday morning.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is working Monday to clear a main track near Brainerd where 20 cars in a loaded coal train derailed.
Crews continue the cleanup Tuesday of a train derailment in Paynesville.
A freight train derailment in central Minnesota has sent some rail cars into the Crow River.
Railroad officials say no injuries were reported after a freight train carrying lumber and steel derailed in north suburban Chicago.