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Freight train derails in Twin Cities metro

A freight train derailment in the Twin Cities metro has canceled Northstar commuter rail service between Big Lake and Ramsey. Metro Transit canceled service early Friday because the derailed Burlington Northern Santa Fe train is blocking the tracks. Metro Transit says limited bus service will be offered from Elk River, Ramsey, Anoka, Coon Rapids and Fridley, but the buses can't carry as many passengers and trips will run significantly longer.

A spokeswoman for BNSF says the trains could be running by Friday night and that three of the cars are already back on track. An update is expected to come later in the afternoon. The Ramsey Police Chief said law enforcement officers train for these types of situations, and their last training was just two months ago. He added that the incident could have been much worse if there had been hazardous materials on the train. No injuries have been reported. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Amtrak trains between Fargo, North Dakota, and St. Paul are being detoured and bypassing stations in Detroit Lakes, Staples and St. Cloud. Charter buses are being used at those stations.