CA train derailment ousts 200

Some 200 people were evacuated when a freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed in Los Angeles County, according to the county sheriff's office.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | October 16, 2004


Some 200 people were evacuated when a freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed in Los Angeles County, according to the county sheriff's office. Four homes were damaged by debris. On Saturday evening, county officials said the train was carrying paint and batteries, as well as small quantities of sulfuric acid, a resin solution and butane lighters.

Nearly 50 freight cars and trailers left the track, and about 500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled. No serious injuries were reported.

The train, a Union Pacific train, was en route to Marion, Ark., from Los Angeles.

The derailment happened in the suburb of Pico Rivera.

In June 2003, a Union Pacific train jumped the track in Commerce, Calif. - 10 miles from Saturday's crash in Pico Rivera. In the 2003 accident, 13 people were injured.


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