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'No Threat' From Tanker Train Derailment North Of San Bernardino; Buildings Nearby Evacuated


A tanker train derailment north of San Bernardino Tuesday morning (8/21) has prompted a big public safety response - including evacuations - but, so far, no injuries reported.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department says that between 9 and 10am this morning (Tuesday), 13 tank cars went off the rails in a location half-way up The Hill, on the south side of Cajon Pass, between the northern corner of the San Bernardino city limits and the southern side of the Cajon Pass summit.

The Associated Press reports at least two of the tankers are leaking a liquid substance, and efforts are still underway to identify what product the train was carrying.  The San Bernardino Sun reports that the San Bernardino Police Department tweeted that its believed that a gas-and-alcohol based liquid was leaking from three of the derailed tanks.

Sbsun.com reports that a check by a hazardous materials team said there was no danger, “no threat to the community.”  Nevertheless, out of caution, San Bernardino police shut down Cajon Boulevard and began evacuating nearby buildings including the FedEx center. Glen Helen Parkway was also closed in the area, police said.  Transients in the nearby riverbed were also moved to a safer location. And a school about 3 to 4  miles away, Paakuma’ K-8 School, was sheltering in place, out of precaution.

KVCR News is on the scene of the incident, and will have further updates as they become available.


San Bernardino Sun

San Bernardino County Fire Twitter feed

San Bernardino Police Department Twitter feed

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