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Train derails after colliding with another train outside Mankato

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A Union Pacific train heading to St. Paul derailed near Mankato after it collided with another train in the early hours of Thanksgiving morning.

The Associated Press reports that six cars of the train went off the track at around 2.30 a.m. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Mankato Police Detective Paul Barta told KARE 11 that the train derailed when it was somehow involved in a collision with another train.

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FOX 9 reports that investigators are studying the speed at which the trains were traveling at the time of the collision. It said that three engines and one box car left the tracks, and a couple of additional cars could be offline.

No hazardous materials were aboard, he said, with some cars loaded with grain but most of them empty. The Star Tribune notes that there was a small fuel spill from one of the engines, but this was being cleared up.

Associated Press says that it is likely to take much of Thursday to remove the wreckage from the scene.

Less than two weeks ago, 30 cars of a train carrying lumber and paper derailed in Casselton, North Dakota, after it collided with an empty oil train coming in the other direction. It was the second derailment in the area in less than a year.

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