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Freight train derails in Mahnomen

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Freight train derails in Mahnomen
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

A southbound Canadian Pacific freight train partially derailed in the city of Mahnomen late Monday afternoon.

No injuries were reported in the 13-car derailment, which blocked the Highway 200 crossing, according to the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Department.

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Mahnomen Fire Department and Canadian Pacific emergency responders were on the scene within minutes, and got a scare when one railcar was found to be leaking a large amount of liquid.

It was quickly identified as a type of vegetable oil, and no cars were found to be carrying hazardous materials. Sand was hauled in to form a temporary dike to prevent the oil from flowing into a nearby culvert.

The sheriff's department set up a command center on scene and was being assisted by the State Patrol, the White Earth Police Department and the Becker County Sheriff's Department. Railroad officials also remained on the scene.

Firefighters from Mahnomen and Waubun remained there as well as a precaution.

The derailment was reported about 5:30 p.m. and involved the last 13 cars on the train.

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