Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

.January 27, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Hwy 26 remains single-lane traffic during derailment cleanup

ROCHESTER, Minn. (10 a.m.) – Highway 26 south of Brownsville remains restricted to one lane as cleanup of an overnight train derailment continues, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The derailment in Houston County occurred late Tuesday night, Jan 26, about seven miles south of Brownsville, Minnesota, along the Mississippi River in southeast Minnesota.

Traffic is being restricted to a single lane with flaggers directing it, so the cleanup crews and equipment can safely work at the site. The restrictions will be removed once cleanup is complete.

MnDOT will announce the full opening of the highway via the MnDOT District 6 Twitter feed. Follow MnDOT at www.twitter.com/mndotsoutheast for the updates.

MnDOT urges motorists to follow these recommendations in work zones:
•     Stay alert
•     Watch for signs, equipment and workers
•     Minimize distractions, such as using cell phones, eating or drinking
•     Avoid tailgating
•     Follow posted speed limits and directional signs
•     Stay in one lane while driving through a work zone

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.

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