BNSF Derailment Forces Evacuations in Minnesota

By Railfan & Railroad Staff

A BNSF Railway freight train derailed near Raymond, Minn., overnight, forcing local evacuations after four of the derailed cars caught fire. 

BNSF officials said the derailment occurred at 1:02 a.m. local time. No one was injured, but a total of 22 cars derailed, including some carrying ethanol and corn syrup. The ethanol cars are presently on fire, according to local officials. 

Local news reports that a half-mile evacuation zone has been established and first responders are asking people not to travel to or through the area. Nearby streets have been closed. The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a team to investigate the incident. 

The derailment is the latest in a series of high-profile train derailments across the country, raising concerns about safety on the American rail system. 

BNSF said it’s unclear how long the main line through the area will be closed. Sources close to the railroad say detours are possible. 

This article was posted on: March 30, 2023