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Freight train derailment blocks Metrolink Commerce stop

February 24, 2012 |  7:12 am

Train derailment

A freight train derailment early Friday morning is not expected to cause many delays to Metrolink passengers traveling between Orange County and Los Angeles, officials said.

The derailment took place sometime before midnight on Thursday at the intersection of East 26th Street and Garfield Avenue, KTLA-TV reported. A Metrolink spokeswoman could not provide an exact time.

It appeared the freight train was leaving the Commerce station when the derailment happened.

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

Metrolink has 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 are being transported in vans while the incident is 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