Train Derailment, Chemical Spill Forces Evacuation of Small Minnesota Community


A small community in southeastern Minnesota is being evacuated after a train derailment and chemical spill Friday morning.

Four cars of a Union Pacific train, traveling from South St. Paul to North Platte, Neb., went off the tracks near the town of Ellendale. One of the cars was carrying highly flammable liquid petroleum gas. Aerial video showed gas spewing into the air from the pierced tanker.

A spokesperson for Union Pacific said there were no injuries to the crew or the public. Officials are on their way to investigate the cause of the derailment.

Residents are asked to go to Ellendale United Methodist Church. Highway 30 into Ellendale was shut down west of Interstate 35.

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SOURCE: USA Today; KARE-TV, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Dana Thiede