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Train derailment reported at Hager City

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HAGER CITY -- A freight train derailed at 7:20 a.m., Monday in Hager City near the Ralston Purina processing facility, west of Hwy. 35, north of Hwy. 63.

Nine rail cars carrying 62 containers were knocked over during the derailment.

Of the cars that derailed none were carrying hazardous materials, said Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove said.

No one was injured.

Ralston Purina was closed for the day and 14 homes near the wreck were evacuated.

Those residents have since been allowed to return to their homes, according to a spokesperson for Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

The train was heading northbound, carrying consumer items from Chicago to Seattle, when the derailment occurred.

One of the derailed cars was pinned under the CTH VV bridge, causing the Pierce County Highway Department to close it.

Highway officials at the scene estimated the closing would last all day Monday. The bridge wasn't damaged.

Hove said it's too early to determine what caused the derailment.

She said officials had each of the tipped containers to inspect for hazardous materials.

Officials from Burlington Northern Santa Fe were on scene along with Ellsworth Fire, Ambulance, Red Wing Fire and State Patrol.