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Train derails, catches fire in Raymond, Minn.; residents return home after middle-of the-night evacuation

Some 22 cars, including some carrying ethanol, jumped the tracks just after 1 a.m. Thursday


March 31, 2023

Mark Vancleave, Star Tribune

Firefighters stand near piled up train cars, near Raymond, Minn., Thursday, March 30, 2023.

RAYMOND, Minn. - Residents in this small west-central Minnesota town were awakened in the middle of the night early Thursday by cellphone alerts and first responders pounding on doors warning them to evacuate after a train carrying ethanol and corn syrup derailed and caught fire.

Flames and thick smoke billowed into the air as 22 cars jumped the track on the rail line owned by BNSF on the west side of the Kandiyohi County community, about 110 miles west of the Twin Cities, just after 1 a.m.

"We take full accountability for this," said Katie Farmer, president and chief executive of the Fort Worth, Texas-based railroad. "We work very hard at prevention of these types of incidents at BNSF."


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