RAMSEY, Minn.- Metro Transit has canceled service on the Northstar commuter rail line Friday after an early-morning freight train derailment near Ramsey.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) confirms all 16 cars that derailed were empty. Two crew members were aboard as the train returned to a yard in Minneapolis from North Dakota.
A limited number of Northstar Link buses from St. Cloud will transport customers from Big Lake to Elk River. Metro Transit buses from Elk River will make stops at Ramsey, Anoka, Coon Rapids/Riverdale, Fridley and Target Field stations. Still, Metro Transit is advising riders to drive Friday, or find other means of transportation.
BNSF spokesperson Amy McBeth says rail traffic is expected to resume Friday evening, but can't yet specify exactly when. At this point service all rail service is suspended as crews remove the cars and repair damage to that section of track. Investigators are also on the scene trying to determine what caused the cars to leave the tracks.
Personnel from Metro Transit and BNSF will be at station platforms to notify customers that train service has been suspended and assist.