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Crews and equipment clear the BNSF tracks west of Pillager, MN Monday May 12 of some of the 50 cars of an east bound coal train. (Steve Kohls | Brainerd Dispatch)

UPDATED: 50 coal train cars derail in Pillager, Minn.

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By Jessie Perrine

Forum News Service

PILLAGER, Minn. — Coal and crushed metal littered the BNSF Railway train tracks near Pillager in central Minnesota as crews worked Monday to clear the scene of a massive train derailment.

About 45 train cars carrying coal left the tracks at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday west of Pillager, about 18 miles west of Brainerd in Cass County.

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