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UP train derails in California

  : Saturday June 17, 2000
A Union Pacific train hauling
UPRR train at Colton Ca
photo: AP
sulphuric acid caught fire when it derailed on Thursday June 15.

Seventeeen vehicles including 2 locomotives came of the track near Colton, California. Six of the freight cars caught fire and one began to leak sulphuric acid. There was concern that a gasoline pipeline that runs longside the track may have been damaged. It is believed that the potential risk of a serious incident was relatively minor and nearby residents were not evacuated nor was a nearby freeway closed.

There is no indication of a cause for the derailment.

Colton is 50 miles (80 km) east of Los Angeles.

UPRR train at Colton, CaRailroad official inspects overturned UPRR locomotives near Colton, Ca


photo : AP





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Train derails near L.A., catches fire
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