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Residents evacuated after major train derailment

July 27, 2011 |  3:22 pm
Train Carrying Hazardous Materials Derails, No Injuries Reported Emergency officials in the Antelope Valley have evacuated residents after a major freight train derailment.

Derailed About half of the 62-car train derailed near Littlerock. At least 14 of the cars were carrying hazardous material. Officials are trying to determine whether either chemicals or gas leaked because of the crash.
Residents near the scene have been evacuated.

The derailment occurred about 1:25 p.m. near Avenue T, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The lengthy cargo train was carrying two people.

County fire officials, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, were deployed to keep people away from any potential danger.

A county fire helicopter flying over the scene did not report any other vehicles involved in the derailment.
 

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Photo: Derailment scene. KTLA News

Map: Location of train derailment near Littlerock. Source: Mapping L.A.

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