BNSF Railway train derails in Burlington-Des Lacs area

Submitted Photo Smoke billows from a derailment of an eastbound BNSF Railway train that occurred on Sunday, May 1, 2022, between Burlington and Des Lacs, shown in this photo from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

BURLINGTON – Local fire departments and a North Dakota National Guard’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter responded when an eastbound BNSF Railway train derailed between Burlington and Des Lacs on Sunday, May 1.

Lena Kent, general director of Public Affairs for BNSF Railway, said 15 cars carrying freight “of all kinds” derailed. She said there were no injuries reported in the incident.

The train derailed about 1 a.m. on that Sunday, with local fire department arriving first. The Guard helicopter arrived in the afternoon.

The local fire departments responded to a fire in containers carrying paper products and frozen foods, according to Kent.

Gov. Doug Burgum, in response to a request from the Burlington fire chief, authorized using one of the N.D. National Guard’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters with a 600-gallon water bucket to assist with the fire at the derailment site.

The tracks were reopened for train traffic the afternoon of Monday, May 2, Kent said.

Due to the derailment the Amtrak passenger train service was impacted for a time but returned to operating on Monday, May 2. Amtrak uses the same tracks as BNSF.

The cause of the derailment was being investigated. No information about the investigation was available.


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