No one was injured when a train hit a car stuck on the tracks in Coon Rapids Saturday night, according to the Coon Rapids Fire Department. The crash set the vehicle ablaze next to a liquefied petroleum gas tanker car, but the train did not catch fire.
The Fire Department responded to a report of a car stuck on the railroad tracks at the intersection of Northdale Boulevard and 119th Avenue late Saturday, Sept. 7. Firefighters were en route when they learned the car had been struck by a westbound BNSF train.
When the department arrived, the vehicle was on fire just west of the intersection, next to the tanker car. All occupants had exited the vehicle safely.
Staff cooled the tank and extinguished the car fire. The fire department, working with Fridley police and BNSF Railway employees, brought the fire under control.
The tracks were reopened around 11 p.m. Saturday after being closed for about an hour and a half, according to the Fire Department.