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Blue Line train derails near MOA, shuts down line to airport

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Transportation officials tell KARE 11 no one was hurt when a Blue Line train derailed on Saturday afternoon.

Officials say the derailment caused both northbound and southbound trains between the Mall of American and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to shut down.

According to MPR News, the derailment occurred just after noon between the 28th Avenue and Bloomington Central stations. Transit spokesman Drew Kerr tells MPR the train derailed after it hit a piece of metal on the tracks.

"We won't know until we get in there and assess the situation exactly how much damage would have occurred, and then we'll take it from there. But to give people fair warning, I would say rail service is unlikely to be restored on Saturday in this area," Kerr told MPR.

The Pioneer Press reports rail service will resume to that part of the line on Sunday.

Kerr told the newspaper buses will replace the trains between the Mall of America stations and Terminal 2. He says the buses will operate on a similar schedule as the trains, but will likely take more time.

According to Kerr, it is only the second time a train has come off the track on the Blue Line in its 10-year history.

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