Track re-opens near Dent after derailmentPublished 10:39am Monday, February 18, 2013
The Canadian Pacific train that derailed Friday morning near Dent was back on its tracks and the rail line was re-opened at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
The derailment was reported Friday morning at 6:47 a.m., occurring between Dent and Vergas.
Company spokesman Andy Cummings said 16 empty cars detrailed of a 112-car train. While all the cars remained upright, tanker cars that derailed were marked with hazardous materials warnings.
According to Cummings, an emergency plan was deployed, which is standard procedure for the company, and includes safety procedures, clean-up and investigation. Tankers marked with the hazardous material warning had previously contained crude oil, but the tankers were empty. There were no leaks and there was no risk to the public.
The cause of the derailment has yet to be determined.
Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department personnel checked the area around County Hwy. 35 and and County Hwy. 32, and found no further issues.