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A Canadian Pacific train derailed near Parkers Prairie Wednesday morning. An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 gallons of crude oil spilled onto the frozen ground. (Contributed photo by Dee Sjobeck)

Train derails, spills oil near Parkers Prairie

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Tanker railcars carrying crude oil derailed north of Parkers Prairie just after 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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


Fourteen cars derailed, some of them completely off the tracks.

Three tankers ruptured and either leaked oil or spilled oil.

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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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