Train Derailment, Spill Prompts Evacuation in Southern Minnesota
Two cars of the 146-car train were carrying propane and butane
A Union Pacific train derailment and hazardous chemical spill that occurred Friday morning, has prompted evacuations in the small southern Minnesota town of Ellendale, as well as the closure of a state highway.
No injuries have been reported at this time, and authorities have described the evacuation as precautionary. Approximately 700 people live in the town, which sits 80 miles south of the Twin Cities.
The school district canceled classes for the day, and The Red Cross has been helping residents who have evacuated to a church.
Steele County Sheriff Lon Thiele and Administrator Laura Elvebak say an unknown number of cars on the 146-car train derailed about 5:45 a.m. Friday, just a half a mile south of Ellendale. Two of the cars were carrying propane and butane.
The State Transportation Department says Highway 30 is closed in the area until cleanup is complete; hazardous materials crews are at the scene.