Representatives from Union Pacific inspect train cars that tipped while carrying corn through Blue Earth late Sunday afternoon. -- Jodelle Greiner/Fairmont Sentinel
Representatives from Union Pacific inspect train cars that tipped while carrying corn through Blue Earth late Sunday afternoon. -- Jodelle Greiner/Fairmont Sentinel

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Train derails in Blue Earth, spilling grain

Published 10:19am Monday, April 29, 2013

By Fairmont Sentinel
BLUE EARTH — Piles of grain spilled out onto the ground after a Union Pacific train derailed while traveling through Blue Earth.

The derailment took place late Sunday afternoon, when 10 grain cars tipped over between Third and Fifth streets.

According to Blue Earth police officer Matt Hotzler, no injuries were reported and there was no danger to the public. All train cars and their contents were on railroad property.

Representatives from Union Pacific inspect train cars that tipped over while carrying corn through Blue Earth late Sunday afternoon.

Officers from the Blue Earth Police Department, Faribault County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol were on the scene, Hotzler said, as were city officials and railroad employees.

The incident was reported at 5:20 p.m.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The Union Pacific tracks through Blue Earth also go through Frost, Bricelyn and Kiester before going into Iowa, heading through Scarville, Lake Mills, Joice, Hanlontown and Mason City.