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Fiery Train Derailment Forces Evacuations in Minnesota City

A large train derailment and fire forced residents near the site of the crash to evacuate their homes Thursday morning.

The BSNF train was hauling ethanol and corn syrup when the incident occurred in Raymond, Minnesota, which is nearly 100 miles west of Minneapolis, the Associated Press reports.

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Kandiyohi County Sheriff Eric Tollefson told reporters that homes within a half-mile radius of the crash site were evacuated. The sheriff added that the displaced residents were taken to the nearby town, Pinsburg.

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In a statement, BSNF said no injuries have been reported and the cause of the crash is under investigation.

This is the latest in a series of train derailments that have sparked a national conversation.

In February, a Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio prompted visits to the small town from former President Trump and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.

Buttigieg, who was under fire for his response to the train derailment in East Palestine, told CNN he’s “not going to get in the way.”

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