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Sheriff: Who dumped logs on the tracks? That could be why a train derailed

Authorities are searching for whoever dumped debris on the train tracks.

Officials believe a train derailed near the Twin Cities last week because someone had dumped debris near the tracks.

The train derailed early on Election Day just east of the Twin Cities, near the Wisconsin border.

A Union Pacific Railroad spokesperson told the Pioneer Press that seven empty cars derailed during the incident. Luckily, no one was injured.

Now the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is looking for whoever dumped brush and logs near the railroad tracks at Quant and St. Croix Trail in West Lakeland Township.

The Union Pacific Railroad believes that might be what caused the disaster, authorities say.

Officials ask that you contact the sheriff's office at 651-430-7876 if you have any information. According to Facebook, the rail company is offering a $2,000 reward.

Later that week, another Union Pacific train derailed in southern Minnesota and caused a city-wide evacuation.

There have been about 20 train derailments this year, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

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