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Train derails northwest of Wadena

Derailed cars from a 90-car eastbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train block the tracks Monday morning four miles northwest of Wadena. Ten of the cars were empty tankers. The rail cars contained sugar and corn meal. (Brian Hansel / Wadena Pioneer Journal)

About 18 cars derailed at 6:23 a.m. Monday four miles northwest of Wadena according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.

Ten of the cars were empty tankers while the rest of the cars held sugar and corn meal. The sheriff’s office emphasized there was no public health concern because of hazardous material.

The eastbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train of about 90 cars was being pulled by two locomotives according to Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Van Dyke, one of the officers at the site.

In addition to Otter Tail County deputies there were BNSF Railway crews, Minnesota State Highway Patrol and Bluffton Fire Department personnel on the scene.

The cause of the derailment, which occurred near 620th Ave., one-half mile southeast of Bluffton, is unknown at this time.

No injuries were reported.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a press release Monday morning that motorists traveling along U.S. Highway 10 between Wadena and Bluffton may encounter intermittent lane closures and possible delays.

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