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PARKERS PRAIRIE, Minn. - Sheriff's officials say 14 cars of a train carrying crude oil derailed in western Minnesota and spilled some of its load.
The Otter Tail Sheriff's Department says the 94-car Canadian Pacific Railroad train was headed south near Parkers Prairie Wednesday morning when it lost air pressure and went into an emergency braking mode.
When the train came to a stop 14 cars derailed. Some were entirely off the tracks. Several cars had ruptured. Authorities say the crude oil spill was contained to a relatively small area. No one was hurt.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is at the scene. Spokesman Dan Olson says more than 20,000 gallons of crude oil has spilled or leaked. Olson says one heavily damaged car has spilled much of its 26,000-gallon load. He says two other cars tipped over and are leaking.
Olson says because the ground is frozen, there's no threat to ground or surface water.
Canadian Pacific spokesman Ed Greenberg says the railroad is cleaning up the spill.
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