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Published September 21 2010

Train derails in Mahnomen

MAHNOMEN, Minn. – Thirteen railroad cars went off the tracks, spilling vegetable oil in the city of Mahnomen on Monday.

The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m. north of the Washington Avenue crossing. Traffic had to be re-routed as at least two crossings were blocked by the Canadian Pacific train.

A release from the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office said at least one car was leaking liquid. Sand was hauled in from a temporary dike to prevent the oil from flowing into a nearby culvert.

A crossing at Highway 200 remained closed Monday night.

None of the train cars was hauling hazardous material. The cause of the derailment has not yet been determined.