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Train carrying hazardous materials derails near Duluth, but doesn't spill

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There was a lucky escape in northeast Minnesota Wednesday morning after a train carrying hazardous materials derailed, but didn't spill anything.

Thirteen cars of a Canadian National Railway train – including three containing hazardous materials – went off the rails at around 3.25 a.m., KARE 11 reports.

Fortunately there was no leak from any of the cars and nobody was injured in the incident, which occurred 25 miles northwest of Duluth.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said that the train was pulling 107 cars, of which 30 were empty, and added that there's no danger to public safety.

The Star Tribune notes that the train was traveling from Winnipeg to Superior, Wisconsin, and the materials it was carrying were naphthalene, biphenyl, and octene.

Napthalene is the active ingredient in mothballs and is used as an insect repellent, biphenyl is used in food preservatives and heat transfer fluids, and octene is used to produce the plastic polyethylene, the newspaper notes.

The derailments is the latest in a string of high-profile rail incidents seen in the Midwest and the rest of the United States in recent years, and comes just three days after a federal report estimated that there will be on average 10 derailments of oil and hazmat trains every year over the next decade.

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