BLUE EARTH - Cleanup and repair crews have a big job in front of them after a train derailment spilled large piles of grain in Blue Earth Sunday.
The Union Pacific train was making its way through town just before 5:30 p.m. when 17 cars lurched off the tracks between Third and Fifth Streets. Ten tipped over, while seven left the tracks while remaining upright.
Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis tells KARE 11 that the train was hauling 73 cars, all of them filled with grain. He says crews worked through the night cleaning up the spilled grain and should have the job completed by noon Monday. Then, however, comes a more important job; repairing 1,400 feet of track that were damaged in the derailment.
Davis says only two trains each day use the stretch of track that runs through Blue Earth. The one that derailed Sunday was en route from Fairmont, Minnesota to Blair, Nebraska.
Blue Earth Police Officer and spokesman Matt Hotzler told KBEW Radio that no injuries were reported from the derailment and there is no danger to the public. All train cars and their contents ended up on railroad property.
A number of streets through downtown were closed in the wake of the derailment, but have since been reopened.
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