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Cause of Commerce freight train derailment under investigation

Train derailment

What caused a freight train to derail in Commerce was under investigation Friday as the accident forced delays for freight and passenger trains.

Nine cars containing various kinds of freight on the BNSF Railway train were derailed at 10:15 p.m. Thursday as it approached the intersection of East 26th Street and Garfield Avenue, said Lena Kent, director of public affairs for the railway.

"It could be a thousand different reasons for derailment," Kent said, though this particular case is still under investigation.

No injuries were reported and hazardous materials teams were not called to the scene, Kent said.

The derailment is not expected to cause many delays to Metrolink passengers traveling between Orange County and Los Angeles, Metrolink officials said Friday.

Metrolink posted an alert about the derailment on its website about midnight Thursday, telling passengers that multiple train lines would be unable to stop at the Commerce station.

Metrolink made buses available to those traveling north to Commerce. Passengers should get off the train at the Norwalk station and board a bus to Commerce, said Metrolink spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt.

Passengers traveling through Commerce to Los Angeles were being transported in vans while the wreckage was being cleared, Coffelt said.

"We're hoping the derailment will be cleared before it affects any southbound trains," she said.


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Photo: Train derailment in Commerce. Credit: KTLA-TV

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