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4 injured in collision between train, semi in Minnesota

The Associated Press

5/7/2013

MURDOCK, Minn. — Authorities say a collision between a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train and a semi carrying anhydrous ammonia injured four people, caused a small leak of the chemical and evacuated an elementary school in western Minnesota.

Swift County sheriff's officials say the collision between the train engine and semi happened Tuesday about 8:30 a.m. west of Murdock on Highway 12. A chemical assessment team was called to secure the ammonia leak.,

Burlington Northern spokeswoman Amy McBeth says three train crew members suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the driver of the semi was also hurt. Sheriff's officials say one of the injured was airlifted from the scene.

Students from Murdock Elementary were moved to Kerkhoven High School. McBeth says none of the cars of the train, headed for Kansas City, Mo., derailed.

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