Two Canadian-Pacific Trains Collide in SE Minnesota

According to an article in the Minneapolis StarTribune, two freight trains collided near the Interstate 90 exit, north of Lock and Dam No. 7 in Dresbach, Minnesota (MN).  Approximately 40 cars were involved, spilling liquid nitrogen, and sending one locomotive into the Mississippi River.  The crash caused propane to leak from a 1,000-gallon tank next to the tracks (used to heat a switching station).  According to Winona County Emergency Management spokesman Dave Belz, the leak from the train was not considered a health hazard.  However, the immediate area was evacuated due to the propane leak.  Two train crew members were taken to a hospital as a precaution, said Mike LoVecchio, spokesman for Calgary-based Canadian-Pacific.  Winona County Sheriff Dave Brad said “it’s going to take weeks to clean this up” and that the leaking propane was being allowed to evaporate.

The north-south tracks parallel the river, and traffic on
Interstate 90 was uninterrupted.  One of the trains was traveling from Winona to La Crosse, Wisconsin (WI) with two locomotives and 15 cars.  The other train was heading from Portage, Wisconsin (WI) to Minnesota City, Minnesota (MN) with 3 locomotives and 93 cars (90 of which were empty).

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) said it sent three inspectors to investigate.

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