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Raymond Train Derailment

Site Contact:
Dave Morrison
On-Scene Coordinator


Site Location:
Raymond, MN 56282
NRC#: 1363493

On March 30th, 2023, at 1 a.m., a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) train derailed in Raymond, Minnesota. Two cars containing denatured ethanol, a highly flammable product, ruptured and caught fire. Seven ethanol cars were in the derailment pileup and three more were also burning from their lids or bottom valves.  The cars on fire continued to burn for two days. There were also six other ethanol cars involved in the derailment that were not in the fire area. The local fire department and law enforcement ordered a mandatory evacuation of the city.


EPA arrived on scene at 6:30 a.m. to provide air monitoring at and around the site and throughout the community and to help with transition to a unified command as the incident evolved. EPA monitored for particulates and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) downwind and around the community. Air monitoring supported the lifting of the evacuation at 11:00 although the main highway remained closed. Site cleanup continues under State of MN oversight.