Train Derailment Cleanup Continues; Northstar Runs Canceled Monday
FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) – The cleanup continues at the site of a weekend freight train derailment that shut down the Northstar commuter rail line.
Seventeen railcars and two locomotives on a westbound freight train derailed and damaged a bridge in Fridley on Saturday morning in an area where an overnight downpour had swept away the BNSF Railway track’s foundation.
Other trains, including the Northstar line – which runs between Big Lake and downtown Minneapolis and runs Twins game trips to Target Field – have been blocked from using the tracks.
While one of the two damaged tracks is expected to be back in service by noon Monday, the Star Tribune reports a backlog of freight trains that need to get through will keep the Northstar line from reopened until Tuesday.
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