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Video: 50-car train derails in Albert Lea; 2 cars leaking hydrochloric acid

May 16, 2021 05:43AM ● By Editor

Watch the KSTP-TV Report here

Chopper footage shows a derailed train Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Police say no one was injured.  Photo: KSTP-TV

From KSTP-TV - May 15, 2021

Police say a 50-car Union Pacific train derailed Saturday afternoon in Albert Lea.

According to the Albert Lea Police Department, the train derailed after 1:30 p.m. north of the intersection of Hawthorne Street and Ulsted Avenue, near Goose Lake. A Union Pacific spokesperson said 28 cars went off the track.

Union Pacific confirmed that two of the cars are leaking hydrochloric acid, a highly corrosive chemical.

A precautionary shelter in place alert was initially put out for the surrounding area, and Rochester HAZMAT was sent to the scene to assist with containing materials that spilled during the crash.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

To watch the original report and see related stories, follow this link to the KSTP-TV website.

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