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Train Derails, Spills Acids in SoCal’s Riverside County

MECCA, California, March 4, 2008 (ENS) – A Union Pacific train carrying hazardous materials derailed while crossing the southern California desert last night, sending up a plume of fumes and smoke and forcing evacuations, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. An undetermined amount of hydrochloric acid and phosphoric acid was spilled at the scene.

Photo Courtesy of Riverside County Fire

Fire officials say 28 cars derailed two miles north of Mecca, a farming community of 3,000 people. A total of 40 residents were evacuated from the general area as a precaution. No injuries have been reported.

Sixteen fire engines and a helicopter converged at the scene of the derailment to extinguish the blaze, which was reported about nine o’clock last night.
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