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RELEASE: Baker Statement on Raymond Train Derailment

Thursday, March 30, 2023

St. Paul, MN—State Representative Dave Baker, R-Willmar, issued the following statement regarding a train derailment that occurred early this morning in Raymond. According to Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) approximately 22 rail cars derailed and the train was carrying ethanol and corn syrup liquid. The derailment resulted in several cars starting on fire and the area being evacuated.

“First of all, I am grateful that this tragic situation has not resulted in any injuries or fatalities,” said Baker. “We all owe a debt of gratitude to our first responders who reacted quickly to evacuate the area and made sure residents could be moved to safety. I would also like to thank the generous residents of Prinsburg and the Central Minnesota Christian School for stepping up and making sure that the evacuated had a place to go. Moving forward, I remain in constant contact with city, county, state, and federal officials to make sure that the community has the support they need.”