city in Minnesota has been left looking like a warzone as cars from a train derailed and burst into flames in the early hours.
The site of the incident in Raymond can be seen with a huge spill, hours after authorities tackled the growing blaze.
Hundreds of residents were evacuated after the 40-car freight train carrying hazardous substances careered off the tracks at around 1am on Thursday.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was carrying ethanol and corn syrup on around 14 of the carriages, which is what sparked the fire.
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg confirmed he was watching the situation ‘closely’ and spoke out about the incident after being accused of not addressing a similar incident in Ohio last month.
Ohio is suing the Norfolk Southern railroad company over the devastating freight derailment which exposed the village of East Palestine to massive levels of toxic material.
UPDATE: Raymond Assist. Fire Chief says they’ve along with crews from neighboring communities have sprayed thousands and thousands of gallons of water on @BNSFRailway 22-car train derailment. Cars were carrying ethanol & corn syrup. They’re now letting the ethanol burn out @WCCO pic.twitter.com/PEoo95gHy5— Pauleen Le (@PauleenLe) March 30, 2023
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