Minnesota town evacuated after propane tanker explosion
29 March 2016
On March 25 a propane tanker truck and a train collided on the tracks in Callaway, Minnesota, derailing the train and causing the propane tanker to explode. According to local sources, the tanker held 9,500 gallons of propane, and there was another propane storage tank with an additional 10,000 gallons in the town’s grain elevator less than 30 yards away.
Becker County Sheriff’s Department was able to evacuate the town’s 200 residents before the tanker exploded and almost 200 firefighters were brought in to fight the subsequent blaze, which did not spread to the grain elevator. After the threat had passed, residents were allowed to return to their homes on March 26.
Two train crew members suffered minor injuries and the driver of the tanker truck was unharmed.