KASSON (AP) -- Twenty-one cars of a 62-car Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad freight train derailed in southeastern Minnesota early Friday, but there were no injuries and no spill of any hazardous materials, the railroad said.
The train was eastbound when the cars derailed east of Kasson and west of Rochester about 2:20 a.m., DM&E Vice President Lynn Anderson said. The train was carrying sorghum, wheat flour, wheat and soybean oil, he said.
The cause was not immediately known, Anderson said, adding that crews were on their way to investigate and repair the damage.
DM&E's main line was blocked because of the derailment. Anderson said he expected the line to return to operation sometime Saturday. Until then, he said, all trains on the system would be held.
The derailment happened along a section of older track that's slated for replacement under the DM&E's $1.4 billion plan to expand and upgrade its system to haul coal trains from Wyoming across South Dakota and southern Minnesota.
The project would replace some 600 miles of aging track in Minnesota and South Dakota, while 280 miles of new line would link the coal fields and Wall, S.D.
"If indeed the cause of this was track-related, replacing our track would virtually eliminate these type of incidents," Anderson said.
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