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Tanker truck struck by freight train in South Gate

September 30, 2011 |  1:21 pm

A tanker truck carrying up to 100 gallons of oil was hit Friday by a freight train in South Gate.

The truck driver suffered minor injuries in the 11:52 a.m. accident near Nardine Street and Salt Lake Avenue, said Matt Levesque, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

A hazardous materials team was on the scene to clean up what was described as nontoxic vegetable oil on the Union Pacific train.

Some of the material made its way into a nearby storm drain, but fire officials said they blocked the drains to prevent any more from getting through.

It was unclear what caused the accident. 

The truck driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Levesque said.

Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said it appeared the truck driver tried to beat the train over the tracks when the train struck the vehicle.


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