BNSF practice carrying ethanol in Minnesota derails and catches fireplace, forcing evacuations in small city

BNSF practice carrying ethanol in Minnesota derails and catches fireplace, forcing evacuations in small city

A Minnesota city exterior of Minneapolis has been ordered to evacuate Thursday morning after a practice carrying “a type of ethanol” and “a corn syrup liquid” derailed and caught on fireplace, police say. 

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway instructed FOX Enterprise that its practice got here off the tracks close to Raymond round 1 a.m. native time and no accidents had been reported. 

“Hearth departments from Raymond and quite a few space departments responded as a number of of the derailed tankers began on fireplace and had been decided to be carrying a type of ethanol and others with a corn syrup liquid,” the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Workplace stated in an announcement. 

“An evacuation space of ½ mile was established across the crash web site and regulation enforcement officers and different EMS assisted with that evacuation,” the assertion continued. “Residents had been instructed to go away their properties and an emergency assortment web site for these with nowhere to go was established on the Central Minnesota Christian Faculty constructing in close by Prinsburg, Minnesota.” 


BNSF practice carrying ethanol in Minnesota derails and catches fireplace, forcing evacuations in small city

A complete of twenty-two practice vehicles derailed, BNSF tells FOX Enterprise. (KMSP / Fox Information)

Police say the hearth remains to be within the means of being contained Thursday morning and “no journey is suggested to the town of Raymond.” 

Raymond has a inhabitants of round 780, in keeping with census knowledge.

BNSF stated “Roughly 22 vehicles carrying blended freight together with ethanol and corn syrup are reported to be derailed.   

“BNSF discipline personnel are responding to evaluate the derailment web site and will probably be working carefully with native first responders,” it added, noting that the “important monitor is blocked and an estimated time for reopening the road will not be accessible.” 

The reason for the derailment was not instantly clear. 

It occurred after a practice operated by the Canadian Nationwide Railway Firm derailed close to Pittsburgh on Wednesday and follows Norfolk Southern’s Ohio derailment that spewed poisonous chemical substances into the neighborhood of East Palestine sparking outage from residents and calls from lawmakers for tighter security requirements. 

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Raymond, Minnesota train derailment

BNSF says its crews are responding to the derailment web site and helping first responders. (KMSP / Fox Information)

In that incident, a CN spokesperson instructed FOX Enterprise that “15 railcars containing iron ore derailed” close to Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. 

“There aren’t any harmful items on the practice and there aren’t any fires or accidents,” their assertion added. 

The reason for that incident stays below investigation as nicely. 

On Sunday, a practice operated by Canadian Pacific derailed in a suburb of Chicago. 

Two of the practice’s vehicles got here off the tracks round 12:45 p.m. Sunday in Franklin Park, which is about 4 miles south of Chicago’s O’Hare Worldwide Airport.  

BNSF train derails in Minnesota

The reason for the derailment was not instantly clear. (WCCO / Fox Information)


The corporate stated in an announcement to Fox32Chicago that one of many derailed vehicles was carrying wheat whereas the opposite was empty.   

“The practice was wobbling a bit. We heard loud noises, banging, crashing,” Tyler Verschelden, a witness, instructed the station. 

FOX Enterprise’ Haley Chi-Sing contributed to this report.