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BNSF Railway crews hope to reopen derailment site near Alma later Monday

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ALMA — BNSF Railway crews working on a train derailment along the Mississippi River near Alma are moving train cars back onto the tracks and repairing those tracks. The railroad estimates the tracks will return to service Monday evening.

Five BNSF tank cars released up to an estimated 20,000 gallons of ethanol on Saturday. The railroad says the remaining product has been removed from the derailed tankers and a containment boom was placed near the river.

BNSF says the environment doesn’t appear to have been damaged. There were no injuries.

As BNSF deals with its derailment, Canadian Pacific Railway is working to clear 13 tanker cars that derailed Sunday in the southern Wisconsin community of Watertown. Hundreds of gallons of crude oil spilled from one tanker.

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