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Cause of train derailment to be known next month

Burlington Northern Santa Fe officials will submit a report to the Federal Railroad Administration next month on the cause of the train derailment near Hager City.

The cause of 31 freight cars derailing near Hager City will be made available next month.

Amy McBeth, Public Information Officer for Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), said Thursday they will file their report with the Federal Railroad Administration by the end of October.

"It gives us enough time to be thorough and complete with our investigation," she said.

A BNSF westbound train, carrying freight items from Chicago to Seattle, derailed at 7:18 a.m. Sept. 13, behind the Ralston Purina facility, near County Highway VV, in the Town of Trenton.

Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove said no one was injured and none of the derailed cars carried hazardous materials.

Approximately 14 residents from seven nearby homes were evacuated and Ralston Purina was closed for the day. One of the cars broke through one of the Purina walls, causing damage to the building. McBeth said BNSF is working with Purina on that.

Both lines were subsequently closed the day of. The other line opened 7:30 a.m. the next day and the westbound line 3 p.m.

Clean-up of the derailment site is still ongoing with McBeth saying BNSF "is eager to get it done." She declined to give a timetable due to the unknown.

"It could be several days or several weeks," she said.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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