No injuries after freight train derails, leaks east of LA

August 21, 2018
In this aerial image taken from video provided by K-ABC, shows a freight train derailment in San Bernardino, Calif. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. The San Bernardino County Fire Department says 13 tank cars went off the rails on the south side of the Cajon Pass. The department says at least two of the tankers are leaking but efforts are still underway to identify what product the train was carrying. Authorities say no injuries have been reported at the scene. (K-ABC via AP)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Thirteen tanker cars went off the rails in Southern California on Tuesday, and some leaked an unknown substance, but authorities said there were no injuries and no threat to residents and businesses.

The freight train derailment prompted precautionary evacuations of several nearby buildings and a homeless camp along a riverbed in the city of San Bernardino.

A gas- and alcohol-based liquid leaked from three tanker cars, but officials did not immediately identify the substance. An initial check by a hazardous-materials team said there was “no threat to the community,” the San Bernardino Police Department said in a tweet.

Crews were working to secure the leaking tanker cars, according to officials with the San Bernardino County Fire District.

Surface streets were closed, but Interstate 215 just north of the accident site was open.

Investigators will try to determine what caused the derailment at the foot of the southern side of Cajon Pass, which carries rail and highway traffic over mountains about 60 miles (96 kilometers) east of Los Angeles.

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