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Investigation rules rail bridge fire in northern Minnesota was accidental

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The fire that caused the collapse of a heavily-used rail bridge near Ericsburg, Minnesota on Wednesday was "accidental in nature," the Koochiching County Sheriff reports.

A multi-agency investigation also "produced evidence" that there had been a mechanical failure in the incident, but a release from the Sheriff did not elaborate any further.

Meanwhile, rail traffic that relies on the important Canadian-American border crossing is at a standstill while engineers build a temporary replacement bridge, MPR News reports.

The station says the bridge was the "second busiest rail border crossing" in the U.S.

No injuries were reported, but there was significant destruction.

A Canadian National Railway train had come to a stop on the bridge at the time of the fire – when the structure collapsed, it took a few cars (reportedly filled with potash) with it.

At last report, crews were building a crane to remove the downed cars from the Rat Root River.

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