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Folks in a rural area of Iowa are being evacuated after a train derailment. Dozens of train cars went off the tracks near Sibley in the northwest part of the state yesterday afternoon, causing a massive fire.

Anyone within a five-mile radius of the derailment has been evacuated. The train was transporting fertilizer and there are fears that it could explode. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that hazmat equipment was on the scene and the Red Cross in Iowa wrote on Facebook that they opened a reception center for displaced families.

“Individuals and families displaced from their home are welcome at the center where volunteers are on hand to assist those impacted,” the Red Cross says in a statement. “At this time, overnight accommodations are not being provided, but the Red Cross is monitoring the situation and is prepared to provide lodging, if the need arises.”

Source: New York Times