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Crews Start Removing Train Cars From Mississippi River

BROWNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Canadian Pacific Railroad crews have started removing the six tanker cars that derailed into the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota.

CP spokesman Jeremy Berry says a new track has been laid south of Brownsville where 15 cars derailed Tuesday night. The six cars that landed in the river carried soybean oil.

Berry says three cars will be emptied Thursday and the other three on Friday before the cars are removed from the water.

One of the cars did leak some soybean oil, but Berry says they repositioned the car so that the valves were pointed upward and it's no longer leaking. Workers replaced the valves with metal plates.

The remaining derailed cars are being removed, including three containing sodium chlorate, which is being pumped into new tank cars.

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