A train carrying ethanol derailed and caught fire in Raymond, Minnesota, around 1 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2023, prompting a mandatory evacuation of the city of about 800 people. Four cars containing ethanol ruptured and caught fire, and there is a risk that four additional cars containing ethanol may also release. 14 of the train’s 40 cars were carrying hazardous material, including ethanol, which was released and led to a fire. Ethanol can explode when mixed with vapor and air, and exposure can lead to health effects such as coughing, dizziness, and unconsciousness. According to the local fire department, a nearby highway was closed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation due to the derailment and blaze. The main railroad track is currently obstructed, and it is uncertain when the line will be reopened. The cause of the derailment is under investigation, and a team from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive at the site later in the day.
Following the recent train derailment in Minnesota, TLC is closely monitoring the situation and providing regular updates to ensure our customers are informed of any potential delays or impacts on their shipments. At TLC, we are committed to working with our customers to ensure the safe and efficient handling of their shipments while proactively minimizing disruption to their supply chains. We understand the seriousness of this incident and extend our deepest sympathies to those affected. If you have any questions or concerns about your shipments, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for support.