7 train cars derail in Rochester
Seven cars of a Dakota, Minnesota &; Eastern Railroad train went off the tracks Friday night in southeast Rochester and three of tipped on their sides, blocking the line.
No one was injured in the derailment, there were no hazardous materials spilled and no crossings were blocked, according to officials.
The track was still blocked late this morning, and a DM&E; spokesman said train traffic would likely be delayed until sometime Sunday morning.
DM&E; Vice President Lynn Anderson said crews have not yet determined what caused seven of the 48 cars in the track to derail about 10:30 p.m. Friday near the Olmsted County composting center in southeast Rochester.
All but three of the 48 cars cars carried wood chips, Anderson said. The others were empty
"We've got crews out there now," Anderson said. "And until they get a close look at the cars and the tracks, we won't know what caused it. We're hoping to know something by Monday."
Westbound traffic on the DM&E; line through Rochester was expected to be delayed until Sunday morning, he said.