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Forum Communications Co. and wire reports, Published February 06 2012

Freight train derails in southeast Minnesota

RED WING, Minn. – Nineteen cars left the track when a Canadian Pacific freight train derailed along the Mississippi River here.

Police said the freight train was heading north around 9:40 a.m. Sunday when the cars derailed. All the train cars were empty, and no one was injured.

There is no risk to the general public, and the company was able to reroute other rail traffic, Canadian Pacific spokesman Ed Greenberg said.

“Our main concern at the scene in Red Wing is to ensure everything is being done safely,” he said. “We’re working to ensure the site remains safe and secure as cleanup continues.”

Officials are still looking into the cause of the derailment, and a full investigation has been launched, the spokesman said.

“No injuries, no hazardous waste. It looks like maybe 24 hours or so they could have things back up and running,” Mayor Dennis Egan said.