Sixteen empty railroad cars derailed early Friday morning, June 13, in western Ramsey. Nobody was hurt, according to Ramsey Fire Chief Dean Kapler.
Work is expected to keep the train line down through the evening, according to a spokesperson for the Elk River Police Department. BNSF officlals told police that once the train is cleared there is still quite of bit repair work and testing to be done. Photo by Eric Hagen
He said the derailment happened after 2:15 a.m. between Jarvis Street and Alpine Drive as the train was heading east. The cause of the derailment is under investigation by Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
Kapler said BNSF informed him that crews will be working on clearing the tracks for the better part of today.
There will be no Northstar Commuter Rail service today, according to a statement from Metro Transit. Northstar Link buses from St. Cloud will transport customers from Big Lake to Elk River.
Metro Transit buses from Elk River will make stops at Ramsey, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Fridley and Target Field. Metro Transit and BNSF personnel will be at station platforms to notify customers that train service has been suspended and assist.
Jenny Snow’s father called her this morning saying that he saw on the news that there was a train derailment in Ramsey. After she heard that nobody was hurt and there was nothing in the freight cars, she brought out her sons Jayden, 9, and Jake, 4, because both are fascinated by trains and have their own train sets at home.
The young Jake walked through tall weeds that were almost up to his chin so he, his older brother and mother could watch crews methodically work on putting a derailed rail car up on a flatbed semi truck.
“I never saw a train this close. I never realized how big it was,” said Jayden as he and Jake scoped out train wheels laying in the field. Photo by Eric Hagen