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Train derails while passing by lake in Albert Lea

The Union Pacific train derailed Saturday afternoon.
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Between 20-30 rail cars derailed from the train tracks as a Union Pacific train was going through Albert Lea on Saturday. 

According to Albert Lea Fire Department, the derailment happened around 1:30 p.m. as the train was going by Goose Lake near Eastgate Road. No one was injured, but the Rochester HAZMAT team was dispatched to the scene to "assist with material load containment." 

Union Pacific said two of the rail cars were leaking hydrochloric acid. 

An Albert Lea police officer who was among the first at the scene posted a video to Facebook, during which he was communicating with another officer over his radio. 

"Pretty much it's going to be in the water from Goose Lake in this little swampy area," the officer is hear saying. "We have to have Fire go in and figure out what's in those tanks, and we may have to do some evacuations." 

Albert Lea Fire Department later said there was no immediate danger to the public, though a precautionary shelter in place for nearby residents was put in place. 

Union Pacific said 28 cars derailed, while Albert Lea Fire put the number at 20.

No further updates have been provided. 

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