(Washington) A practice derailed within the northern United States early Thursday and several other of its wagons burst into flames, two months after an analogous incident in Ohio pressured the evacuation of residents, police stated.
The practice, operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF), derailed in Raymond, Minnesota round 1 a.m. (2 a.m. ET).
“Firefighters from Raymond and several other surrounding cities responded to the scene of a number of derailed tank automobiles on hearth,” Kandiohi County Sheriff Eric Tollefson stated in an announcement. These automobiles contained “a type of ethanol,” whereas others carried corn syrup.
Evacuation orders have been issued for folks residing about half a mile from the derailment space and journey to the city of Raymond is discouraged, the assertion added.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stated in a tweet that there have been no fatalities or accidents, and that he was following the state of affairs “intently.”
The crash comes two months after one other freight practice derailed in Ohio, east of Palestine, inflicting an enormous hearth and the evacuation of lots of of individuals.
The practice was carrying vinyl chloride, a carcinogenic and extremely flammable chemical used within the manufacture of plastics.
The response of officers to “managed” releases of vinyl chloride to keep away from a attainable explosion, releasing poisonous fumes, has been broadly criticized, with folks reporting notably nausea and complications. The investigation remains to be ongoing.
In keeping with Rail Companies, 1,164 practice derailments are anticipated in 2022, a median of three practice derailments per day within the US.