BNSF train carrying ethanol has derailed, caught fire, and forced evacuations
A BNSF train carrying ethanol and corn syrup derailed in a small Minnesota town early Thursday morning.
The Kandiyohi Sheriff’s Office evacuated about 150 people in the town of Raymond, outside of Minneapolis, after the fire and derailment around 1:00 a.m.
U.S Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg confirmed the derailment, saying FRA is on the ground, and there are no injuries or fatalities.
FRA is on the ground after a BNSF train carrying ethanol derailed early this morning, leading to an evacuation in the area of Raymond, MN. At present no injuries or fatalities have been reported. We are tracking closely as more details emerge and will be involved in investigaton.— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) March 30, 2023
Video widely circulated by Ashley Lucas showed smoke and flames filling the skies.