View Full Version : BNSF Wreck in Coon Rapids, MN

12-18-2006, 01:20 AM
Did anybody get any photos of the BNSF intermodal wreck from this morning in Coon Rapids, Minnesota (just east of Hanson Blvd Grade Crossing)? At 7:00pm tonight they were just pulling containers off with cranes. The local rumor is that a broken watermain may have softened the ballast and caused the train to rollover. They were rushing to get the second line clear by midnight.


12-19-2006, 03:48 PM
I'm disappointed not to see any photos of that wreck too. The "Offical" cause was broken "angle bars", the plates used with bolts to hold 2 pieces of rail together, I didn't hear anything about a water main. The wreck took out both mains, main 2 suffering the worst, that's the one the train was running on. main 1 was back in service at about 8 a.m. sunday, main 2 followed at about noon. That werck could've been soo much worse if it was a train with tank cars or if there was a westbound approaching at just the right (or wrong) time. those containers clean up pretty quick, and there was no hazardous material. All things considered, they're lucky that's all that happened.