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VIDEO: Watch two trains derail near Frazee on Feb. 17 in newly released garage camera video

New garage camera video provided to the Tribune shows the moment two trains derail near Frazee, Minn., on Feb. 17. No injuries were reported in the incident and no hazardous materials were compromised, according to a statement from the railway company.

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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (Feb. 19, 2022) — Newly released video from nearby garage camera captured the moment two Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight trains derailed west of Frazee, Minn., on Feb. 17.

The video shows a eastbound freight train traveling at a high rate of speed as it passes another locomotive. Train cars begin to derail and topple into each other causing a pile up of more than 20 train cars; blocking rail traffic in both directions.

The whole derailment takes more than one minute for the train cars to stop moving and finally come to a rest.

No injuries were reported in the incident and no hazardous material was compromised, according to a Feb. 18 news release from the railway company.

The company planned to have one of the rail lines cleared for normal traffic to resume on Feb. 18, however, no timetable was given for the resumption of rail service on the second rail line.

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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (Feb. 18, 2022) — Following a derailment in Frazee, Minn., on Feb. 17, Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway expects rail traffic to resume on one of the rail lines by late Friday, according to a company news release.

In an emergency dispatch report, at 8:51 a.m. Friday, a train derailment was reported about two miles west of Frazee. The derailed freight train was eastbound and carrying consumer products and also affected a nearby train, which was carrying some materials considered hazardous, according to the Becker County Sheriff's Office. Nearby residents were evacuated as a precautionary measure, but were allowed to return to their homes Thursday evening after finding no hazardous material had spilled.

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Two Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight trains derailed west of Frazee, Minn., on Feb. 17, blocking rail traffic in both directions.
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An aerial shot of the train derailment west of Frazee on Feb. 17.
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"No hazardous material was compromised in the incident," the company news release stated. "There were no injuries and the incident is under investigation."

Repair crews have been working since the derailment to safely, and quickly, clear the rail cars and make repairs to the track, according to the news release.

There is no timetable for the resumption of rail traffic on the second rail line.

"We appreciate the assistance of local responders and understand the impact an incident like this can have on the community," the company stated. "Our crews will continue working as safely and quickly as possible."

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Two Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight trains derailed west of Frazee, Minn., on Feb. 17, blocking rail traffic in both directions. Officials at the scene said they don't have a timeline for rail traffic to resume between Detroit Lakes and Frazee.
(Dr. Drone Aerial Images - special to the Detroit Lakes Tribune)

In total, more than 20 rail cars derailed, according to aerial photos.

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On Friday morning, Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander said he was having difficulty approaching the derailment scene due to whiteout conditions, but said he expects the repair efforts to continue throughout the day.

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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (Feb. 17, 2022) — Two Burlington Northern freight trains were involved in a derailment between Frazee and Detroit Lakes on Thursday, Feb. 17. Multiple train cars were pushed off the tracks and rail traffic was stopped in both directions.

No injuries were reported in the derailment, the Becker County Sheriff's Office said, but nearby residents were evacuated as a precautionary measure while investigators assessed the contents of the derailed train cars for hazardous material.

As of mid-day Thursday, there was no timetable for displaced residents to return to their homes or for rail traffic to resume, according to Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander.

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Two BNSF trains derailed near Frazee on Thursday morning. Nobody was hurt, but train traffic was halted both ways on the two-track rail corridor.
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A Becker County Sheriff's Officer stands by while RJ Corman Railroad Services moves heavy equipment in to work on a BNSF derailment Feb. 17 near Frazee.
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Two Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight trains derailed Thursday morning near Frazee.
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"We are still working to assess the contents of the train and if there are any threats to anybody in the area," said Glander. "We are asking that people please try to stay out of that area. If they are residents, we will do everything we can to help them (through the area)."

The incident occurred at 8:51 a.m. near the intersection of Indy 500 Road and Valley View Road near Frazee.

"At this point, there is not a danger to the public," he said. "We are still working to assess the whole situation."

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Members of the Frazee Fire and Police Departments, as well as Detroit Lakes police officers and RJ Corman Railroad Services, were at the scene along with the sheriff's office.

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