Train Derails in Southern California, Toppling Tanker Cars and Leaking Alcohol

A freight train partially derailed in a switching yard Thursday and several tanker cars fell off a bridge, leaking a small amount of ethyl alcohol into a creek, officials said.

No injuries were reported in the accident, which occurred about 6:18 a.m. in southeastern Los Angeles County, said Cheryl Sims, a supervising county fire dispatcher.

The train was en route from Barstow to Los Angeles. Three cars carrying ethyl alcohol landed on their side while an empty car and one containing potassium hydroxide remained upright, said Lena Kent, a spokeswoman for BNSF Railway in San Bernardino.

One of the cars had a "very small drip" that leaked a small amount of ethyl alcohol into the creek, she said.

Sims said hazardous materials teams were sent to the scene and state Fish and Game officials were notified.

There was no fire and the cause of the accident was not immediately clear, Kent said.