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3 train cars tip over during derailment in Superior


A train derailed in Superior late Monday, causing three cars to tip over – but nothing was spilled and nobody was injured.

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The Superior Fire Department said the Union Pacific train derailed around 10:25 p.m., in the southeast part of the city.

Three rail cars were tipped over and on their side, according to the department.

Two of them contained Hexene – a colorless liquid that smells kind of like petroleum, and is used as a solvent, paint thinner and chemical reaction medium, the Open Chemistry Database says. It's identified as highly flammable, dangerous if inhaled or swallowed, and toxic to aquatic life.

The other tipped car was holding lumber.

Crews determined the cars were still secure, and no product had been spilled or was leaking, according to the fire department.

Nobody was injured, and state authorities as well as Union Pacific were notified.

Fire crews cleared the scene shortly after 1 a.m.

Calli Hite, a spokesperson for Union Pacific, told BringMeTheNews company crews and contractors were working to clear the scene Tuesday morning. She said no materials have leaked.

" We hope to have the track back in service this evening," she said, adding the cause is under investigation.

Response to train derailments

This is the latest derailment in the region, at a time when rail safety is being looked at by lawmakers and officials.

There was a derailment in southeast Minnesota, along the Mississippi River, in January. And there were a pair of derailments in Wisconsin last November, which prompted Minneapolis City Council member to call for safety improvements.

And that came just weeks after Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton pushed up inspections, concerned about the number of trains carrying crude oil through densely populated areas.

A bill in the Minnesota House that would establish data practices and require certain levels of disaster preparedness passed a committee earlier this month; the Senate version also passed a committee.

There's anotherproposal (though it never got approved by a committee) that would require a safety zone of at least 50 feet on each side of the railroad tracks, in the seven-county Twin Cities area.

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