Derailment Forces Evacuations

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 8:19am

Families allowed back into their homes after leaking substance identified.

More than 100 people were evacuated on Sunday after a freight train derailed on a stretch of Union Pacific Railroad while traveling through Colfax, California.

The evacuation was lifted around 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

The incident was considered a "hazmat " situation because a clear liquid was leaking from one of the cars, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Brand said.

It was later determined that the substance was not hazardous, and that it was a liquid used to preserve animal hide.

Officials said a conductor and two other workers were on the train when the incident took place, but no one was hurt.

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