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Number of train cars derailed in Antelope now set at 7

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

While the cause of a derailment in an Antelope train yard had not been determined, Union Pacific Tuesday confirmed that seven cars left the tracks, not three.

UP first said that at 6:15 p.m. Monday, three cars of a train going from Roseville to Stockton derailed. One of the cars was a tank car loaded with toluene, a substance used to make paint and adhesives. The tank car did not leak.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District early on placed the actual number of derailed cars at seven. UP confirmed in an email at 11:30 p.m. Monday that the fire district had the right number.

The seven cars included: four cars of plastic pellets, the tank car and two empty boxcars, according to UP.

Railroad crews continued to offload some product from two cars Tuesday morning: two rail cars with plastic pellets were on their sides while workers vacuumed out the containers.

The rail cars would be placed back on the track when the vacuum process was completed. Trains began operating through the railyard Monday night at about 11:30 p.m.

A spokesman said Tuesday in an email that the cause for the derailment had not been determined.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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