Train derailment spills more than 20,000 gallons of crude oil


Authorities in Otter Tail County say 14 cars of a 94-car Canadian Pacific Railroad train went off the tracks, spilling more than 20,000-gallons of crude oil, according to the Star Tribune.

The train headed south near Parkers Prairie Wednesday morning lost air pressure and went into an emergency breaking mode. When the train came to a stop, 14 cars derailed, the Associated Press reports. No one was hurt.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is at the scene. A spokesperson tells the Star Tribune that three tipped-over rail cars are leaking oil. One heavily damaged car spilled much of its 26,000-gallon load.

The derailment happened near a rural intersection. Because the ground is still frozen, there's no threat to ground or surface water.

Canadian Pacific will clean up the mess.

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