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Train cars derail in Antelope; none hurt

Emergency crews check the cars in the rail yard where seven cars derailed near the Home Depot store in Antelope on January 5, 2015.
Emergency crews check the cars in the rail yard where seven cars derailed near the Home Depot store in Antelope on January 5, 2015. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Three cars on a Union Pacific freight train derailed Monday at 6:12 p.m. in Antelope as they were leaving a train yard on their way to Stockton, according to UP spokesman Mark Davis.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District determined that the derailment caused no spill of hazardous materials after investigating the rail cars, according to a post from the department’s Twitter account just before 9 p.m.

Metro Fire said it determined there was “no threat” and turned the incident investigation over to UP.

One car contained toluene, an organic solvent, Davis said. Another car carried plastic pellets used in plastic injection molding, a manufacturing process for plastic products. The third boxcar was empty.

Davis said the cause of the derailment was unknown. The train was carrying 68 cars, he said. “The (toluene) car is on its side. There is no cause yet. It is under investigation.”

The derailment occurred near Antelope Road and Poker Lane.

Michelle Eidam, a spokeswoman for Metro Fire, said the railyard was evacuated, as is standard procedure, but there were no evacuations outside the railyard and no road closures.

Metro Fire and UP provided conflicting information on the number of cars that derailed. Metro Fire said that seven cars had derailed, four more than UP stated.

Eidam said no injuries had been reported.

Call The Bee’s Tony Bizjak, (916) 321-1059.

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