Residents of Minnesota town return home after derailment

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Posted: Nov 11, 2016 6:17 PM

ELLENDALE, Minn. (AP) — Nearly all residents of the small southern Minnesota town of Ellendale have been allowed to return home after a train derailed and spilled hazardous chemicals.

A Friday afternoon update from the Union Pacific Railroad says with the exception of one homeowner within 400 feet of the site, the evacuation had been lifted.

The railroad says the derailment included 22 cars of the 146-car train.

One tanker that carried LPG gas was punctured. Crews were removing the other cars from the site, while developing a plan for removing the remaining gas from the leaking car and cleaning up the site.

No injuries have been reported. The local school district canceled classes, and a highway was temporarily closed.

Ellendale is a town of 700 people 80 miles south of Minneapolis-St. Paul.