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State Patrol: Driver in Plummer train-truck accident dies

PLUMMER, Minn. - A semi driver died early this morning when his vehicle collided with an eastbound Canadian Pacific Railway train crossing U.S. Highway 59 near Plummer.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that the semi driver, who was northbound, died at the scene. The victim's name has not been released.

Because there were hazardous materials on the train, Plummer was briefly evacuated after the accident, according to a CP spokesman.

Ed Greenberg said it was done as a precaution and the evacuation order has since been lifted. He stressed that there is no risk to the public.

Just before 3:30 a.m. an eastbound CP train was crossing U.S. Highway 59 near Plummer when a semi truck collided with it, causing one or two cars to derail. One of those cars carried bunker oil, which leaked. Bunker oil is a kind of heavy, thick fuel.

Plummer, located about 110 miles north of Fargo-Moorhead, has a population of 292.

A witness who was evacuated from the town this morning said there was a strong smell in the area.

CP's environmental experts are on site to contain and cleanup the leak, Greenberg said.

Tu-Uyen Tran writes for the Grand Forks Herald