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Train spill needs rabbi's blessing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When a train derailed in northwestern Minnesota, the Canadian Pacific Railway called a rabbi for help.

A tank car in the Feb. 8 accident in Karlstad contained 185,000 pounds of kosher canola oil, and a rabbi was needed to help workers recover the load without violating Jewish dietary laws.

The rabbi was asked to certify as kosher a food-grade pump and hoses before a crew used them to transfer the oil into another kosher tank car.

The oil was then reprocessed.