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Significant BNSF train derailment near Cloquet


February 21, 2019

On February 16, at approximately 5pm, CST, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Emergency Management Office was alerted by a BNSF Railroad representative of a train derailment that occurred southeast of Brookston, Minnesota—within Fond du Lac Reservation boundaries— involving some 40 cars carrying coal several hours earlier in the day. It is our understanding that there were no injuries reported at that time.

Fond du Lac officials and Emergency Management personnel are asking for the public’s cooperation in avoiding the active accident scene, as it continues to pose a high safety risk because of the derailed train cars, coal product resources, and heavy equipment on-site. As the safety, health, and well-being of the community and natural land resources remains our top priority, access to the active scene is limited to personnel responders only.

The Fond du Lac Band’s administration and Emergency Operations Center personnel are working closely with BNSF personnel and are prepared to work with investigators and other officials to determine what happened. The Fond du Lac Band’s Law Enforcement, Biological and Environmental divisions, as well as governmental leaders, continue to closely monitor the situation and will release more information when additional details become available.


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