UPDATE: Canadian Pacific crews work to clean up derailment

RENO, Minn. (WXOW-TV) - - (near La Crescent, MN and La Crosse, WI)

Canadian Pacific Railway is continuing efforts to clean up the 15 rail cars that derailed late Tuesday night. 

Crews have already transferred the soybean oil from three of the six cars that went into the Mississippi River. 

Friday Canadian Pacific worked to remove those three cars from the water and then began transferring out the contents of the three cars that remain in the water.

Canadian Pacific Representative Andy Cummings said that it will take several days before the spill is entirely cleaned up. He said two of the rail cars that went into the river had valves that were damaged causing soybean oil to leak 850 gallons into the river.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife is on scene to assist with the clean up. 

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Officials Say Rail Safety Has Improved, Though Some Are Still Skeptical

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Railroad officials in Minnesota told state lawmakers today they significantly improved their safety records in 2015.

That’s after widespread complaints from the Minnesota legislature about increased oil train traffic, and danger from possible derailments and explosions.

Thousands of rail cars carrying highly flammable North Dakota crude oil pass through Minnesota every day. But after protest from local communities and the state about possible danger, Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) — the largest oil carrier — says it has spent $326 million dollars to make the rails safer.

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Brownsville MN derailment: Railroad mum on other train contents

Photo is aerial view of Brownsville, MN near La Crescent, MN and La Crosse, WI.  Photo Credit: Bob Hurt

La Crosse Trbune, Jan. 29, 2016.By Chris Hubbuch

As cleanup of a derailment south of Brownsville, Minn., continued for a third day, questions remained about whether the Canadian Pacific freight train was hauling crude oil, ethanol or other dangerous materials.

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Photo gallery: The 15-car train derailment near Brownsville, Minn.