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Train derails near Parkers Prairie

A Canadian Pacific train derailed near Parkers Prairie Wednesday morning. (Photo contributed by Dee Sjobeck)

A train derailed near Parkers Prairie just after 6 a.m. this morning.

The Canadian Pacific Railroad train was traveling southeast past the intersection of 150th Street and 555th Avenue when it lost air for its braking system and went into emergency mode, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.

Fourteen cars derailed, some of them completely off the tracks. The train was carrying crude oil.

Several cars ruptured but oil was contained in a relatively small area, according to the sheriff's office.

No injuries were reported.

The train had 94 cars and was about 5,700 feet long.

The Parkers Prairie Fire Department, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Canadian Pacific personnel responded to the scene.

The investigation is continuing.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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