How corny: Corn-covered railroad in Crystal confirmed real, remains a mystery

Corn-filled railroad in Crystal, Minn. Photo: Mike Parker
Corn-filled railroad in Crystal, Minn.

Updated: January 13, 2020 09:40 AM

An image of clean-looking corn covering railroad tracks in Crystal has been shared on multiple social media platforms and questioned for its authenticity.

Multiple photos and videos on social media confirmed on Tuesday that the scene is in fact, real. A KSTP crew also confirmed the food-covered tracks.


The spill happened on a rail line located near Soo Line Park in the city. Mike Parker, who took the photo near his house, said workers were cleaning up the scene on Tuesday.

Many social media users doubted the photo's credibility, pointing out the "perfect way" the corn is settled in.

KSTP reached out to Union Pacific, who originally thought the photo could have been fake.

"I can tell you I've checked our records for Minnesota over the last month, and we do not have anything related to spilled corn or grain. If there was a leak, it's rare for the spilled commodity to only fall inside the tracks and not outside onto the ballast (or rock)," said a spokesperson from Union Pacific.

The company later issued a statement saying it was aware of the spilled corn and that crews are working to clean the railroad tracks.

It remains unknown as to why the corn ended up on the tracks.

Editor's Note: This story has been edited to reflect the quote attributed was from a spokesperson from Union Pacific, not Canadian Pacific. 

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