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Union Pacific probes train derailment, hydrochloric acid leak

No injuries reported after incident 100 miles south of Minneapolis

Wreckage from the 28 cars that derailed 100 miles south of Minneapolis on Saturday. (Photo: Albert Lea Police Department)

Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) is investigating what caused 28 train cars to derail in Minnesota on Saturday, prompting an evacuation after a leak of hydrochloric acid.

The derailment happened in Albert Lea, Minnesota, about 100 miles south of Minneapolis around 1:45 p.m. The crew was not injured, a Union Pacific spokesperson said in a statement. 

The train was hauling 28 cars with a mix of commodities, including two that were leaking hydrochloric acid, the railway said.

“Union Pacific is working with emergency responders to determine a response plan,” the railway said.

Emergency responders issued an evacuation order for the vicinity of the crash as a precaution. 

“At this time, there is no immediate harm to the public in the area,” Rich Hall, emergency management director of the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement.

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  1. Keith Moore

    Record profits and still cutting jobs. When will something be done. This what happens when greedy stock holders run the company

  2. gregory luker-green

    Another one on Sunday in Iowa. Maybe Up should have their beloved shareholders do track inspections. Way to go Lance and the FRA. See what the layoffs have accompleshed. Glad no one was hurt.

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Nate Tabak

Nate Tabak is a Toronto-based journalist and producer who covers cybersecurity and cross-border trucking and logistics for FreightWaves. He spent seven years reporting stories in the Balkans and Eastern Europe as a reporter, producer and editor based in Kosovo. He previously worked at newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the San Jose Mercury News. He graduated from UC Berkeley, where he studied the history of American policing. Contact Nate at [email protected].