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Derailed Train Leak Prompts Evacuations

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.Associated Press Two hundred gallons of a flammable liquid leaked from a derailed train, and about 250 people were evacuated from two nearby communities, authorities said Tuesday.

No injuries were reported.

Thirteen cars of a 79-car Union Pacific train went off the tracks Monday evening in San Bernardino, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

One of the 13 derailed cars leaked a flammable liquid, which appeared to be similar to paint thinner, said Mark Davis, a spokesman for Union Pacific Railroad. The leak was plugged and the liquid was transferred to trucks, he said.

Another derailed car carrying chlorine was cracked but no leaks were reported, Davis said. That chemical also was transferred to trucks.

About 250 people were evacuated, including residents of a mobile home park, authorities said.

The cause of the wreck hadn´t been determined.

The train, en route from Colton to Roseville in Northern California, carried three crew members.

Davis said Union Pacific crews were having to rebuild about 640 feet of track before removing the train.