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Train Derailment Forces Evacuations

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

A train derailment has forced residents to leave their homes in and around Lester in the northwest corner of Iowa.

Twenty-five 25 cars left the tracks around 4:15 a.m. Sunday.

No injuries were reported, but a tank car carrying highly flammable liquefied petroleum gas was among the derailed cars, prompting special precautions.

Residences within a mile of the derailment were evacuated, and a hazardous-materials team was called to the scene.

It's unclear when the residents will be allowed back in their homes.

The cause of the derailment is being investigated.


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