Evacuation Order Lifted in Raymond After Train Derailment in Minnesota

Evacuation orders were lifted after a train carrying ethanol and corn syrup derailed in Raymond, Minnesota, in the early hours of Thursday, March 30, local officials said.

According to BNSF Railway, 22 train cars were derailed and no injuries were reported.

Local responders and BNSF personnel remained on-site, working to mitigate the impact of the incident throughout Thursday. The railway also said that there was “no impact to drinking water and air monitoring conducted over the past several hours indicates no detectable levels of concern”.

At publication, the main railway track was blocked and an estimated time for reopening was not yet available. The cause of the incident was still under investigation as of Thursday night.

Footage by Dustin Beltrand shows crews attending the scene of the derailment. Credit: Dustin Beltrand via Storyful