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Possible hazardous material spill after train derailment in Lester, Iowa

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Some northwest Iowa farm homes are evacuated Sunday night after more than a dozen cars were derailed from a train. It happened just a mile and a half south of Lester, Iowa around 5 a.m. Sunday.

Tonight, we show you why authorities thought the evacuation was necessary.

People who live in this area near Lester, Iowa woke up to quite the surprise after 24 of 100 train cars derailed.

"Typically they're constantly checking the rails so if a derailment does happen, it kind of surprises me but it's something that can happen," resident Jerry Rens said.

Rens says a derailment is rare. In fact, he thinks the last one was more than 20 years ago. Others agree.

"Averaging a train an hour that comes through Lester and I think this is the first time I've ever see it so I think they'll have it under control and no worries," Kurtis Myrlie said.

And by the looks of it authorities do have it under control. You can see the train in the background as our crews were kept at a safe distance.

Iowa State Patrol authorities tell us they wanted to evacuate the area because of what was inside those train cars.

"24 cars that were carrying power concrete, petroleum and crude oil," Deputy Mark Dorhout said.

Because of that there are a few agencies on scene including the fire department, the train company and Hazmat crews.

"The Hazmat team is down there determining whether there are any leaks right now," Dorhout said.

But hopefully not, especially since these homeowners want to get back to their Sunday routines.

"I was a little surprised. I thought, what are those sirens all about and I looked and saw the train," Myrlie said.

"I'm assuming they'll take care of it as soon as they can and as soon as possible. Life will get back to normal," Rens said.

We are working to find out how this happened. Authorities are supposed to give us a call once they finish up the investigation. We will keep you posted.

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