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Aug 5, 2013 12:23 AM by Associated Press

Train derails in La., about 100 homes evacuated

LAWTELL, La. (AP) - Officials say a train carrying hazardous materials derailed in Louisiana and about 100 homes have been evacuated. One person went to the hospital complaining of eye irritation.

Officials say more than 20 cars went off the tracks about 3:30 p.m. Sunday near Lawtell, which is about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.

Two cars of the Union Pacific train were leaking. Company spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza says one of them is leaking sodium hydroxide, which can cause injuries or even death if it is inhaled or touches the skin. The other is leaking lube oil.

Master Trooper Daniel "Scott" Moreau says the amount leaking is so small air pollution detectors have not picked up anything.

The evacuated homes were within about one mile of the derailment.

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