Minnesota Train Derailment Brings Evacuation Orders

Firefighters on the scene are dealing with burning ethanol and other liquids. 

In Raymond, Minnesota, Thursday morning, another freight train derailed, this time spilling a form of ethanol and other liquids, including corn syrup. 

The fire department ordered an evacuation of residents from within half a mile of the derailment. An emergency center has been set up at the Central Minnesota Christian School in nearby Pittsburg. 

More than eight hours after the derailment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the fire was still burning. “Four cars containing ethanol, a highly flammable product, ruptured, caught fire, and continue to burn,” an EPA official said. And there remains a risk that more could spill. Fourteen of the train’s 40 cars were carrying hazardous material. 

The local sheriff reported that there have been no injuries as a result of the derailment or emergency response. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board as they add yet another train derailment to their series of investigations. 
  • For residents of Raymond and areas downwind as they deal with the results of the toxic spill and resultant fire. .

Sources: Just The News, CNN


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