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Train Crash Cleanup Continues

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May 7, 2013 at 5:18 pm

MURDOCK, Minn. (AP) - Crews continue cleaning up after a collision between a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train and a semi carrying anhydrous ammonia injured four people, caused a leak of the chemical and evacuated an elementary school in western Minnesota.

Swift County sheriff's officials say the collision between the train engine and semi happened Tuesday about 8:30 a.m. west of Murdock on Highway 12.

Authorities said anhydrous ammonia continued to leak from the tanker in the afternoon. Residents within a 2-mile radius were asked to stay away.

BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth says three train crew members suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the driver of the semi was also hurt.

Students from Murdock Elementary were moved to Kerkhoven High School. McBeth says none of the cars of the train, headed for Kansas City, Mo., derailed.

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