A mother and three children de-board the re-routed Empire Builder at Willmar at 4 p.m. Friday. Angie Moore, with Will, 11, Abbie, 10, and Allissa, 4, had departed Seattle 48 hours earlier. Friends were driving up from southern Minnesota to pick them up. Conductor Tom Fracassi said a derailment near Elk River would add about 12 hours to the route. Amtrak service through Willmar ended in 1980. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton
Freight derailment forces Amtrak detour
WILLMAR — Amtrak’s Empire Builder train riders Friday got a major detour through west central Minnesota due to a freight train derailment on BNSF Railway tracks near Elk River.
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