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Dozens still evacuated after two trains go off the tracks in Frazee

Frazee train derailment - February 17
Frazee train derailment - February 17(VNL)
Published: Feb. 17, 2022 at 10:17 AM CST
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FRAZEE, M.N. (Valley News Live) - Officials in Becker County are assisting in a BNSF investigation after two trains went off the tracks Thursday morning just before 9 a.m. on Frazee Road and Indy 500 Road.

Officials say some of the cars were carrying lithium batteries or petroleum, however officials say the materials aren’t posing any safety hazards or concerns to the public or those helping with the clean up. As a precaution, those living on Valley View Road, which runs parallel to the derailment, have been evacuated from their homes temporarily. Becker County Officials say homeowner are able to go inside their homes to grab any belongings they may need, as long as they have a deputy escort.

The Becker County Sheriff’s Office says an eastbound train derailed and caused a parked train in the westbound lane to also go off the tracks. It’s unknown how many cars were impacted, but deputies on scene say it’s ‘a lot’ and expect clean up will take quite some time.

BNSF has shut down both tracks while they continue to clean up and investigate.

It’s unknown when neighbors will be able to return to their homes or when both tracks will open back up.

Valley News Live is continuing to follow this story. Stay with us as we learn new information.

Frazee train derailment - February 17
Frazee train derailment - February 17(VNL)

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