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Cleanup underway in Eagle Lake train derailment


EAGLE LAKE, Minn. (AP) -- A spokesman for Canadian Pacific says crews have started draining ethanol from four train cars that derailed in the southern Minnesota town of Eagle Lake and forced about 300 residents from their homes.

Railroad spokesman Ed Greenberg says Thursday that none of the highly flammable material leaked from the train cars, which derailed Wednesday afternoon. He says the ethanol in the derailed cars is being pumped into tanker trucks.

Eagle Lake Mayor Tim Auringer says the evacuations were a precaution and that he's hopeful those residents will be allowed to return by Thursday night. Eagle Lake is near Mankato in Blue Earth County.

Greenberg says it's not immediately clear what caused the derailment. He says Canadian Pacific will conduct its own investigation in tandem with a standard federal investigation.

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