Updated: Train derailment in Ramsey shuts down Northstar
Photos by Joni Astrup
Sixteen empty railroad cars derailed early Friday morning, June 13, in western Ramsey. Nobody was hurt, according to Ramsey Fire Chief Dean Kapler.
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.