Flour everywhere after semi hits oil train in St. Paul Park

An accident in St. Paul Park involved a train full of volatile Bakken oil plowing into a semi-trailer full of flour. No one was hurt in the accident, but where it happened is causing concern.

"We've definitely had concerns about this crossing for some time," said Keith Franke, the mayor of St. Paul Park, told Fox 9.

Franke has long been complaining about this rail crossing -- which has warning lights but no safety arms. The crossing is on a small road in an industrial area near a refinery. Neighbors tell Fox 9 that trucks frequently try to "beat" trains at that crossing, even when the warning lights are on.

"Right now, this is probably the luckiest scenario that we could come up with. And if this isn't a warning to politicians and anybody else who doesn't want to see that something needs to be done, than I don't know what I need to do to help them understand that," Rep. Dan Schoen, the state representative for the area, told Fox 9.

This crossing was on a list of crossings slated for safety improvements released by Governor Dayton -- calling for this particular crossing to be closed.

But that hasn't happened yet.

"I think part of the problem is who's going to pay for it. The city doesn't have the money to take on that expense, how much the state should pay versus how much people think the railroads should pay," said Franke.

Lawmakers could not come to an agreement on how to fund rail safety improvements, and it is not on the agenda for any upcoming special session.


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