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Ethanol train derailment in Raymond, Minnesota

BNSF train carrying mixed freight, including ethanol and corn syrup, derailed creating a half-mile evacuation zone.

At 1 a.m. on March 30, a BNSF train derailed in Raymond, Minnesota. Four cars containing ethanol ruptured and caught fire. The local fire department ordered a mandatory evacuation of Raymond, which is west of Minneapolis.

According to tweets from BNSF, approximately 22 cars carrying mixed freight, including ethanol and corn syrup, were derailed. The company said there were no other hazardous materials on the train.

“There have been no injuries as a result of the crash or emergency response,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook. “BNSF specialists are on scene and continued mitigation is occurring.”

According to reports, crews were still working overnight to extinguish the flames as officials reassure residents the groundwater and air are safe.

In addition to the four cars already burning, four additional cars containing ethanol may also release, noted the EPA.

The sheriff's office announced at noon on Thursday that the evacuation order for Raymond had been lifted and residents could return safely to their homes.

The main track is blocked and an estimated time for reopening the line is not yet available. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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