Cleanup continues at site of train derailment

Published 10:36 am Monday, July 18, 2011

FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) — The cleanup continues at the site of a weekend freight train derailment that shut down the Northstar commuter rail line.

Seventeen railcars and two locomotives on a westbound freight train derailed and damaged a bridge in Fridley on Saturday morning in an area where an overnight downpour had swept away the BNSF Railway track’s foundation.

Other trains, including the Northstar line — which runs between Big Lake and downtown Minneapolis and runs Twins game trips to Target Field — have been blocked from using the tracks.

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While one of the two damaged tracks is expected to be back in service by noon Monday, a backlog of freight trains that need to get through will keep the Northstar line from reopened until Tuesday.