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Update: Train cars derail in Maiden Rock

Three train cars sit tipped on their sides Monday morning after derailing near the Fairmount Minerals silica mine in Maiden Rock. Four of the five cars involved were empty and a small amount of sand was spilled, the railroad says. (Forum News Service photo by Bill Kirk)

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is investigating after five cars went off the tracks Sunday night near the Fairmount Minerals sand mine in the Village of Maiden Rock.

The cars all derailed upright and did not tip over, a railroad spokeswoman said. Four of the cars were empty and a minimal amount of sand was spilled.

The cars were in the process of being moved when they derailed, Fairmount Minerals area manager Jeff Himes said Tuesday.

BNSF notified authorities of the derailment at the Chester Street crossing around 11:59 p.m. Sunday, according to a Pierce County Sheriff’s Department news release. There was an initial report of an unknown injury, but it was later determined that no one was hurt.

Railroad employees on the scene told the Sheriff’s department that the cars derailed while they were being moved and that no hazardous chemicals were involved.

Three of the cars later were picked up and flipped on their sides next to the railway, Himes said.

The tracks were cleared and returned to service by 7 a.m. Monday, according to BNSF.

Ellsworth Fire Department, Maiden Rock Ambulance Service and Ellsworth Ambulance Service also responded.

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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