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Canadian Pacific working to return Paynesville, Minn., line to service after derailment

PAYNESVILLE -- The derailment Monday afternoon of 10 cars of an 85-car Canadian Pacific Railroad train in Paynesville is still under investigation, but a spokesman for the rail line said the site is expected to be back in service as early as Wednesday evening.

Spokesman Mike LoVecchio said the derailment occurred at 3 p.m. Monday behind the AMPI plant as the train was westbound from St. Paul to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. No injuries were reported.

Two of the derailed cars went off a bridge into the Crow River. While no environmental damage occurred, LoVecchio said one of the 10 cars leaked a type of sand into the river. The other nine cars were empty.

Cleanup began overnight, pulling train cars from the river, and will be ongoing throughout the day today. LoVecchio said upward of 20 Canadian Pacific employees are at the site as well as local contractors, working to restore order to the track.

There is no known cause for the derailment but speculation has been that the recent heat wave may have been a contributor.