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Fuel train derails, killing one

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Authorities at the scene said the train carried 10 people – one Union Pacific employee and nine contract workers. Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Mark Davis said 12 people were aboard the train. Authorities confirmed that one person had died but did not provide any details. Eight others had minor injuries, while another was missing. The maintenance crew was working on the tracks about 60 miles east of the state capital when it derailed about 11a.m. It was carrying 11,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 6,000 gallons of hydraulic fluid, acetylene, oxygen and propane. BAXTER, Calif. – One person was dead and another missing Thursday after a Union Pacific maintenance train derailed in the Sierra Nevada, igniting thousands of gallons of fuel in an area surrounded by thick forests. The derailment delayed rail traffic on the heavily used east-west route, forcing Amtrak to bus passengers around the wreckage, located in a canyon about two miles south of Interstate 80. “This is a huge spill,” said Tina Rose, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “That is a lot of hazardous materials.” The train was loaded with thousands of gallons of diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid, which burned for hours and poured thick, black smoke into the air. Six of the train’s 10 rail cars lay in a zigzag pattern beside the tracks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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