Everyone wants to go home for the holidays. So on Monday — just days before Thanksgiving — a prisoner on a work crew walked away from his job in Oklee, Minn., and caught a ride over the river and through the woods to his grandmother’s house.
Everything is back to normal for Plummer, Minn., residents after a train was derailed March 31, spilling 30,000 gallons of the petroleum product aromatic concentrate. But one question remains: who will pay for the cleanup?
Cleanup crews are continuing their work near the train-truck collision in Plummer, Minn., requiring the state to keep U.S. Highway 59 closed until mid-May, the state Department of Transportation said Friday.
U.S. Highway 59 at Plummer, Minn., could remain closed throughout April as crews work to clean up a hazardous spill resulting from a fatal semi-train crash last month, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minnesota State Patrol announced Monday.
State officials are trying to determine the environmental threat posed by 30,000 gallons of petroleum product spilled into a ditch Saturday near Plummer, Minn., the result of a rail accident. A semi-trailer struck a Canadian Pacific Railway train where it crosses U.S. Highway 59 south of town, killing the driver and releasing the petroleum product.
The northwest Minnesota town of Plummer, population 292, was evacuated for a time this morning after a semi-truck crashed into a train, according to a Canadian Pacific Railway spokesman. The driver of the truck died at the scene, the State Patrol said. It has not released the driver's name.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Crookston Fire Department and Crookston Area Ambulance responded to the one-vehicle rollover near Gentilly, Minn., about 3:21 a.m. Friday, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.
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