Sacto 9-1-1
January 20, 2013
Derailed freight train in Colfax prompts evacuations, CalFire says

Bee staff

Nobody was injured this morning when a Union Pacific freight train derailed this morning in downton Colfax, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

CalFire said officials ordered about 100 residences and businesses evacuated when five cargo cars went off the rails at 11 a.m. and there were reports that one was leaking a liquid substance.

According to CalFire's Lynn Tolmachoff, officials do not believe that train was carrying a hazardous substance because none was listed on the manifest.

Nonetheless, local Hazmat officials ordered the evacuations until they identify the leaked substance.

Tomachoff, a spokesperson for CalFire's Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit, said the evacuation would likely be lifted in six hours.

Of the five cars derailed, two were empty, one had household items, and one was leaking the fluid, officials said.

The cause of the derailment hasn't been determined, officials said.

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