CLARA CITY, Minn. – A train derailed and spilled acid early Monday, forcing hundreds to evacuate and schools to close.
The train struck another train that was parked at about 4 a.m., and at least one car leaked hydrochloric acid, a Chippewa County sheriff's dispatcher said. Burlington Northern Santa Fe representative Steve Forsberg said an estimated 50 or more train cars were derailed.
Mayor Curt Koenen said around 400 people were evacuated to a church. A school district canceled classes because of the chemical spill.
Hydrochloric acid is a highly corrosive liquid that can cause burns if it comes into direct contact with skin or eyes.
Clara City, with a population of about 1,340, is about 21 miles southwest of Willmar.