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Fifty train cars carrying coal derailed at about 11:48 p.m. Sunday in the Sylvan Township, west of Pillager near County Road 101 and the Bigwater Addition Estates. Jessie Perrine/Forum News Service

50 coal train cars derail in Pillager

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

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Fifty train cars carrying coal derailed at about 11:48 p.m. Sunday in Sylvan Township, west of Pillager near County Road 101 and the Bigwater Addition Estates.

No one was hurt and the incident did not involve any hazardous material or pose a threat to public safety, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.

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