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Minnesota derailment disrupts commuter rail service

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Service on the Northstar commuter rail line was cancelled Friday and Amtrak trains from North Dakota to the Twin Cities were detoured after a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed and blocked the tracks between Big Lake and Ramsey.
    
The derailment happened about 2:15 a.m. when about 16 empty BNSF freight cars jumped the tracks, said BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth. There were no injuries.
    
Metro Transit offered limited bus service from Elk River, Ramsey, Anoka, Coon Rapids and Fridley on Friday morning, but advised customers to find other transportation. Officials were working on a plan for the evening commute home.
    
Amtrak trains between Fargo, North Dakota, and St. Paul were being detoured and using other tracks owned by BNSF. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the trains were being routed through Willmar, bypassing stations in Detroit Lakes, Staples and St. Cloud. Charter buses were being used at those stations.
    
The tracks should be back in use by Saturday.
    
Ramsey Police Chief James Way said the cause of the derailment might not be known until next week.

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