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Published May 16, 2012, 10:15 PM

BNSF crews removing railroad ties from Red River

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - There is a clean-up of the Red River going on right now. It's being done by BNSF. The rail company has environmental crews removing debris two months after a derailment.

There is a clean-up of the Red River going on right now. It's being done by BNSF. The rail company has environmental crews removing debris two months after a derailment.

Two boats carrying environmental cleanup crews are floating the Red on the hunt for derailment debris.

McBeth: "Some walkway planks, some bridge timbers and ties."

Back on March 17th twenty-three BNSF cars went off the tracks by this bridge. The railroad company's been making repairs and cleaning up ever since. BNSF says someone called Friday morning saying they noticed ties in the river, so the railroad company sent a crew out right away to remove them.

McBeth: "What we do after a derailment happens is we clear and repair the tracks and the bridge, in this case, so that train traffic can resume and this is an instance of material got into the river we weren't aware of."

Debris cleanup is almost complete, and BNSF says what's left of the repairs - mainly bike paths - will wrap up soon. BNSF says the derailment was caused by a broken wheel on one of the cars.

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