Crews Working to Cleanup After Alpine Train Derailment

Photo From Alpine Avalanche
Photo From Alpine Avalanche

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ALPINE - We have continuing coverage on a train accident that happened just outside of Alpine, near FM 1703.

86 out of 124 cars were derailed leaving some residents worried about the possibility of toxic chemicals leaking.

A huge clean up is underway in Alpine, and an investigation is underway, after almost 90 cars from a train carrying hazardous materials derailed.

A Union Pacific spokesman says the two-person crew wasn't hurt.

But officials evacuated people in about 28 homes, as a precaution until officials determined no chemicals had spilled.

Union Pacific says the train was traveling from Louisiana to California when 86 cars went off the tracks.

Some cars reportedly carried a solvent used in the chemical and pharmaceutical field.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

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