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.
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.