Town of Callaway evacuated after train crashes with propane truck

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CALLAWAY, Minn. (Valley News Live) The town of Callaway, Minnesota, has been evacuated after a train crash involving a semi-tanker carrying propane.

Callaway is about 20 minutes north of Detroit Lakes, with a population of about 220 people. Every fire department from Becker County is on scene.

Canadian Pacific confirms that seven empty train cars have been derailed, along with one locomotive.

The semi tanker is currently on fire, according to Sergeant Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol. Officials say they will let the tanker burn out the 9,000-some gallons of propane.

The bigger concern comes from a tank sitting nearby at the elevator, which officials say is holding another 10,000 gallons of propane. Fire crews are working to keep it cool, to avoid an explosion.

The Red Cross is on scene to support responders and people who have been evacuated. An evacuation shelter is set up at a nearby church for residents.

Sgt. Grabow says the semi driver was not hurt, but two people in the train were treated for non life-threatening injuries.

"Anytime a vehicle ends up against a train, it's usually not good," Grabow said. "Crashes involving trains that people can walk away from, I'd say the people are very lucky in that sense. It could always be a lot worse."

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has shut down Highway 59 near Callaway. Crews are working to re-route traffic right now, those headed north of Callaway will take Becker County Road 14. Traffic headed south will be redirected to Becker County Road 26.

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