Fond Du Lac Band Responds Following Train Derailment

Brandon Weathers
Updated: February 18, 2019 09:49 PM

BNSF says the railway near Cloquet opened late Sunday night after Saturday's derailment.

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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was on the scene over the weekend, and now it's in the hands of the Fond Du Lac Band. Emergency Management Director Cassandra Diver said, "because the event occurred within Fond Du Lac tribal boundaries, Fond Du Lac is the lead agency."

Diver says the tribe should have been notified earlier. "Fond Du Lac was notified of the event several hours after it happened despite the derailment location." She said, “Fond Du Lac Emergency Management officials immediately responded by opening our EOC (emergency operations center) and activating it, and that’s (how we can) best work with other officials and agencies to ensure the safety of our community and assess the environmental damage.”

BNSF responded saying, “BNSF works to prevent incidents from happening before they occur and will conduct a thorough investigation in this case so we can learn from it and work to prevent other incidents.”

The track is in service, but the area is still closed off to the public. With the investigation and clean-up still active, Fond Du Lac officials are asking the public to avoid the site because of safety concerns.


Brandon Weathers

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