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Several hundred remain evacuated in Eagle Lake

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EAGLE LAKE (AP) -- Several hundred people have been forced from their homes in a small southern Minnesota community because train cars carrying highly-flammable ethanol have derailed and tipped over.

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Officials say there's no evidence the three derailed Canadian Pacific cars are leaking in the Blue Earth County community of Eagle Lake. More than 300 nearby residents were evacuated Wednesday about 5 p.m. and have not been allowed to return to their homes.

Mayor Tim Auringer said Thursday evacuation orders will remain in place until the railroad is finished off-loading the ethanol to other rail cars. Each car contains about 30,000 gallons of the volatile liquid. Auringer says a fourth derailed car remained upright and was removed.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross set up an emergency shelter at the Eagle Lake American Legion.

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