Northstar service canceled Friday after freight train derails near Elk River


If you ride the Northstar rail to work, you might consider working from home or hopping in the car Friday.

Metro Transit officials canceled the day's Big Lake-to-Minneapolis service after a freight train that shares the tracks with the commuter line early Friday derailed and blocked the tracks between Ramsey and Elk River, roughly 30 miles northwest of Minneapolis, Metro Transit reports.

There were no injuries, the Star Tribune reports. A BNSF railroad spokeswoman said about 16 empty freight cars hopped the tracks at about 2:15 a.m., the newspaper reports. FOX 9 has photos of the scene.

Northstar Link buses from St. Cloud will take passengers from Big Lake to Elk River, where Metro Transit buses will leave and make stops at Ramsey, Anoka, Coon Rapids/Riverdale, Fridley and Target Field stations, KSTP reports.

But commuters were urged to seek other arrangements because the buses will be slower and not run on a schedule.

It was not clear how long it would take crews to clear the track Friday, she said. Metro Transit and BNSF plan an update later Friday about weekend Northstar service.

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