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BREAKING: Derailed Train in Minnesota Catches Fire, Causes Immediate Evacuation


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A BNSF train derailed near Raymond, Minnesota, early Thursday morning, causing residents to evacuate.

Approximately 22 rail cars derailed at around 1 a.m. and one car carrying ethanol caught fire.

Residents living within a half-mile radius of the derailment site were told to vacate their homes.

“FRA is on the ground after a BNSF train carrying ethanol derailed early this morning, leading to an evacuation in the area of Raymond, MN. At present no injuries or fatalities have been reported. We are tracking closely as more details emerge and will be involved in investigation,” Pete Buttigieg stated.

According to a press release, “the site remains active as the fire is being contained, no travel is advised to the city of Raymond.”

CBS Minnesota reported:

Some of the derailed cars were carrying ethanol and corn syrup and started on fire, the sheriff’s office said.

Part of the town near the crash site was evacuated to a school in nearby Prinsburg.

The sheriff’s office said travel is not advised in Raymond. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Highway 23 is closed from Kandiyohi County Road 1 to Chippewa County Road 1 because of the derailment and fire.

BNSF said there were no injuries reported, and there was no estimated time for reopening the rail line.

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The Red Cross also responded to support evacuees and emergency responders.

Raymond is a town of about 800 residents, about two hours west of the Twin Cities and 14 miles southwest of Willmar.

The Minnesota incident adds to the number of train derailments this week.

Train derailments occurred this week in North Dakota and California.

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