Lester, IA (KICD) -- Residents evacuated from their homes following a train derailment, are allowed to return to their homes
The residents were evacuated after the train derailment near Lester, around 4:15 Sunday morning. About a dozen homes were evacuated. Clean-up of the site will take another week, according to Lyon County Sheriffs Office, but the roads were reopened and residents were allowed to return to their homes, around noon Monday (today).
Twenty-five cars from the northbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train went off the tracks south of Lester. The evacuation was the result of a train car carrying liquid petroleum gas, that was leaking after the derailment.
No one has been injured. Clean up of the leaking gas was executed Monday morning. the investigation into what caused the cars to derail is continuing.
The damaged train cars will be cut up into scrap. The train was en route from Sioux City to Willmar, Minnesota, when the accident happened.