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Train derailment closes two Colton schools

October 18, 2011 |  7:31 am

Colton train derailment
Two Colton schools were closed Tuesday because of a train collision and derailment that also is expected to shut a stretch of the 10 Freeway for a second time as one of the trains is set back on its tracks.

Wilson Elementary School and Colton High School will be closed, said Tom De Bellis, spokesman for the Colton Fire Department.

The collision between a Union Pacific train and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train occurred about 2:30 a.m. on tracks under the 10 south of Valley Boulevard and west of La Cadena Drive, De Bellis said.

Six cars of the Union Pacific train derailed, De Bellis said. Two of the cars were carrying ferrous chloride, a hazardous chemical used in the treatment of wastewater.

Authorities closed the freeway in both directions for three hours as a hazardous materials team searched for leaks. When none was found, the freeway was reopened, he said.

However, as a precaution, the freeway was to be shut down again later Tuesday morning as crews right the derailed cars, De Bellis said.


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Photo: Scene of train derailment in Colton. Credit: KTLA-TV.