ALBERT LEA, Minn. - On Sunday morning, heavy equipment arrived on the scene to assist in the clean-up of the 28-car train derailment. Union Pacific crews worked through the night removing debris and clearing eight rail cars from the track.
The company also worked with private contractors during the afternoon to remove track, neutralize the rail bed, tend two rail cars that were leaking hydrochloric acid, and get the rest of the cars out of there.
"There's no risk to the public," said Freeborn County Emergency Management Director Rich Hall. "Freeborn County will stay on top of it to make sure the problem is mitigated, taken care of, and Goose Lake is restored."
Union Pacific and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are also working together to mitigate any kinds of hazards at the lake.
According to Hall, there were two people on the train during the derailment. Neither are hurt and the cause of the incident still remains under investigation.
Freeborn County officials say the train derailed in the 1300 block of Eastgate Road. There was an unknown hazardous material leak and local residents were asked to shelter in place.
Rochester HAZMAT was on scene to assist with material load containment. Freeborn County Emergency Management confirms the substance leaking from the rail cars was hydrochloric acid.
Albert Lea Police Department, Albert Lea Fire Department, Freeborn County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota DNR, the state chemical response team from the Rochester Fire Department, and Freeborn County Emergency Management responded to the situation.