Train Carrying Flammable Liquid Derails in Arkansas

A train carrying a flammable liquid derailed Sunday near a residential area, causing churches to cancel services and prompting evacuation orders for 300 residents, officials said.

Residents were allowed to return home later in the day.

No injuries were reported after six cars of an 85-car Union Pacific train derailed, said James Barnes, a spokesman for the Omaha, Neb.-based railroad. It wasn't immediately clear what chemical the cars were carrying, but five of the six cars were loaded.

"To our knowledge, there's been no release of chemicals and no injuries," Barnes said.

At least four churches canceled Sunday services, she said.

Union Pacific representatives on Sunday were traveling to the scene. The train was traveling from Houston to Little Rock, Barnes said.

Gurdon is about 70 miles southwest of Little Rock.