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Published April 30, 2012, 10:16 PM

Moorhead park still cleaning up after March train derailment

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Riverfront Park in Moorhead is still waiting to be repaired after a train derailed there last month.

Riverfront Park in Moorhead is still waiting to be repaired after a train derailed there last month.

On March 17th a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying corn came off the rails as it went over the First Avenue North Bridge and the cars ended up in Riverfront Park. Part of the train actually fell off the bridge and onto the bike path and while that did some damage, even more damage was done by the heavy equipment they had to bring in to clean up the derailment.

The equipment also did a number on the road leading into the park. Reconstruction by the Railroad though should begin shortly.

Larry Anderson – Moorhead Parks: “They told me probably within a week and a half they're getting all the contracts signed with local contractors and I know the asphalt plants are just started up so they're doing mix and everything so that should start pretty soon.”

The accidents location in the park also comes with some benefits.

Larry Anderson: “Three years of flooding down there and we've got a lot of trees that have floated in and we were going to clean a lot of that up but they did a lot of that for us, free of charge, I thought it was nice - they cleared out a lot of dead fall.”

Use of the bike path and other facilities in the park will be limited once construction starts. Burlington Northern Santa Fe has agreed to pay for all the repairs to the park.

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