NTSB: Broken rail cause of Raymond, Minnesota train derailment

October 17, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The National Transportation Safety Board has closed its investigation into a train derailment that led to the evacuation of an entire west-central Minnesota town this past spring.

NTSB invetigator Robert Hall says a broken rail caused 24 BNSF cars to go off the tracks on the western edge of Raymond, Minnesota on March 30th.

Fourteen cars were carrying ethanol. Two tanker cars ruptured, causing the fuel to leak and catch fire.

The train was traveling 43 miles an hour at the time of the derailment.