Car catches fire after being struck by train carrying liquified gas

Things could have been so much worse had the train caught fire.
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There was a lucky escape for the occupants of a car that crashed into a freight train, then caught fire next to a tank car carrying liquified gas.

The collision happened in Coon Rapids Saturday night, when the car got stuck on the tracks at Northdale Blvd. and 119th Avenue.

It was struck by a westbound BNSF train moments later, coming to rest up against a tanker car carrying liquified petroleum, before catching fire.

Firefighters acted quickly to cool the tank and put out the car fire, and was able to do so without the fire spreading to the train, avoiding potentially disastrous consequences in the process.

The occupants of the car had gotten out safely, with no injuries reported.

The track was opened up again around 11 p.m., having been shut down for about 90 minutes.

The delay affected the Northstar service ferrying fans home from the Twins win over the Indians, with a replacement bus in operation between Fridley and Big Lake.

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