Following a weekend train/semi collision in St. Paul Park, Gov. Mark Dayton visited the area this morning to talk about the need for rail safety and infrastructure funding.
Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith met with local officials to discuss the Sunday accident, where an oil train and flour truck collided at a crossing that’s high on the state’s list of dangerous intersections that need to be fixed.
There were no injuries in the crash.
Dayton used the accident to highlight his request for more funding for rail safety. It was discussed during the recent legislative session, but not acted upon.
The governor’s office said the accident occurred at an intersection identified in a MnDOT 2014 study as dangerous and in need of safety improvements. Construction of an alternate access is scheduled to begin as soon as spring 2016 in order to close the crossing.
Dayton said this morning:
“Minnesota’s crowded railways bring very serious threats to the safety of citizens throughout our state. Unfortunately, the very limited transportation and bonding bills agreed to by House Republicans do not fund improvements in many of the most dangerous rail crossings in the state. I will continue to support investments that improve railway safety throughout Minnesota.”