A broken rail caused a Canadian Pacific train to go off the rails Nov. 19, spilling sand in La Crescent.

According to a report filed with the Federal Railroad Administration, a two-person crew was inspecting the train, which they had been building in the La Crescent rail yard, when 13 cars derailed on a side track.

The 151-car train was traveling at 9 mph on a side track with a speed limit of 10 mph, according to the report.

No one was injured in the incident and no hazardous materials were involved. Canadian Pacific spokesman Andy Cummings said a small amount of sand spilled from some of the overturned cars.

CP estimated the derailment caused about $198,500 worth of damage.

The incident was one of 39 derailments or collisions reported in Minnesota during the first 11 months of 2017, according to FRA data. Only one involved a train going faster than 10 mph.

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