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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

LAcoFD/LACPWD: 62 car train derailment - HazMat Investigation - Street Closure List

Updated: A freight train has derailed in Littlerock in the Antelope Valley. 21 of the 62 cars overturned. Six of the cars were carrying hazardous materials, but authorities say there is no leak.
Two passengers were on the train, but there are no reports of injuries.

Haz-Mat Info: Authorities initially said there was no leak, but after a fire department helicopter spotted a possible chlorine leak, crews were advised not to enter the derailment area. Evacuations: LA County Fire has ordered a 2000 foot evacuation along the segment of railroad track where the incident took place.
Some homes near the site were evacuated. Levesque says the area is sparsely populated.
List of County Roads closed following Train Derailment
 
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works has closed a number of roads in the vicinity of Littlerock, an unincorporated area of LA County near Palmdale, following a freight train derailment earlier today. The roads were closed at the request of the California Highway Patrol and LA County Sheriff's Department and currently affect a two-mile area between 87th Street to 106th Street East. Public Works personnel have joined other first responders at the Incident Command Post and continue to monitor the situation.

The full list of road closures is provided below. The list is also available on the Department's website at www.dpw.lacounty.gov by clicking on the orange Road Closures icon. The list will be updated throughout the evening if additional closures are ordered.

87th Street East from Avenue T to Avenue S
Avenue S - 87th Street / 106th Street East
92nd Street East - Avenue T / Avenue S
Avenue S 02 - Little Rock Ranchos Road / 106th Street East
Avenue S 04 - Little Rock Ranchos Road / 106th Street East
Avenue S 06 - 96th Street East / 106th Street East
94th Street East - Avenue S-8 / 402 N/O Avenue S-02
Avenue S 08 - 0180 W. 94th Street East / 106th Street East
95th Street East - Avenue S-8 / 402 N/O Avenue S-02
Avenue S 10 - 96th Street East / 106th Street East
98th Street East - Avenue T / Avenue S
Avenue S 12 - 96th Street East / 106th Street East
Avenue S 14 - 96th Street East / 106th Street East
103rd Street East - Avenue T / Avenue S    
106th Street East - Avenue T / Avenue S
Little Rock Ranchos Road - 94th Street East / 0648 N. Avenue S-02
93rd Street East - Avenue S-2 / 399 N/O Avenue S-02
87th Street East from Avenue T to Avenue S
 
Union Pacific spokesperson Aaron Hunt released a statement Wednesday afternoon:

"A little after 1:00 p.m. today a 68-car Union Pacific train was headed southbound from Roseville to West Colton through the Littlerock area east of Palmdale. 21 rail cars on that train derailed. The cause of the derailment is under investigation. No injuries have been reported. Six of the 21 derailed cars are tank cars that typically carry hazardous materials. No spills have been reported from the six tank cars. Currently, the Union Pacific hazmat response team is working in collaboration with LA County Fire to determine if there are any leaks from any of those six tank cars. Though the six tank cars are currently empty, a thorough damage assessment will be made of each tank car before they are re-railed. LA County Fire has ordered a 2000 foot evacuation along the segment of railroad track where the incident took place."


For further information, contact the Los Angeles County Fire Department at (323) 881-2411, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department at (661) 272-0650, or the American Red Cross at (661) 267-0650.

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