MN freight train derails, catches fire; evacuations underway

A freight train derailed and caught fire near Raymond, Minnesota, prompting residents to evacuate as a precaution.

The incident occurred at around 1 a.m. CT on Thursday.

Multiple tankers carrying ethanol and corn syrup liquid derailed and caught fire on the western edge of Raymond, a town in Minnesota's southwestern Kandiyohi County.

BNSF Railway, one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, is investigating the cause of the incident.

There were no reported casualties.

BNSF spokesperson Lena Kent confirmed that approximately 22 cars of the train derailed.

A half-mile evacuation radius was established around the derailment site.

Residents within the designated area were instructed to leave their homes.

Those with nowhere to go were sent to a school in the nearby town of Prinsburg.

The fire at the derailment site is being contained.