LITTLEROCK (CBS) — A Union Pacific freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed in Littlerock, prompting the evacuation of dozens of nearby residents.

The accident happened near 92nd Street East and East Avenue T around 1:30 p.m. Sixty-two cars derailed, of which half are overturned, according to Los Angeles County fire officials.

Fourteen  tankers were carrying unknown hazardous materials, but officials say they are not leaking.

Two people were on board operating the train at the time of the accident. No injuries were reported, officials said.

It was unclear what lead to the train’s derailment.

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Officials say evacuated residents may be able to return home as soon as Thursday.

Comments (20)
  1. april says:

    I agree with you Sara, its so sad that we cant get any info on this, my parents live there and i dont know whats going on and the news channels act like its nothing, but if it was LA or somewhere else, all the programs would be interuppted for coverage of this. it sickens me.

  2. Megan says:

    I live in the area just north of the evacuations. I received an alert from NIXLE (you can check the website)

    ***HAZMAT Train Derailment in Littlerock, Residents asked to evacuate as a precaution***
    The Los Angeles County Fire Department is advising that a freight train, approximately 70 cars in length, was traveling through the City of Littlerock when 22 cargo carrying cars derailed around 92nd Street East and “Avenue T”. The only passengers aboard the train were its operators who are uninjured.

    Due to the fact 14 cars being transported were identified to contain hazardous materials, the Los Angeles County Fire Department is asking residents from 87th Street East to 106th Street East between “Avenue S” and “Avenue T” to evacuate as a precaution. Residents who evacuate are asked to head toward Almondale Middle School (9330 East “Avenue U”, Littlerock Ca). Currently there are 100 homes north of the derailment affected by this evacuation.

    currently there are no signs of a hazardous material spill based on the preliminary information received.

    1. A says:

      Nice reporting, Megan

    2. J Sikora says:

      how are you suppose to get to U when S and T are closed? Lucky Littlerock schools are not in session yet.

  3. Roger Stillman Jones says:

    Should be interesting to see how that all works out.

  4. Marion says:

    I have friends in Littlerock, some with animals. This is so tragic and heartbreaking. If my colleague hadn’t send me this email link, I would have never known. Blessings to all involved.

  5. Wain says:

    Some 10 years or so ago, the State or Feds were planning to transport hazardous materials via rail to be buried somewhere in Nevada or New mexico the route planned included the Antelope Valley. Locals were up in arms they feared that something like this will take place.

  6. Michele D Beard-Rose says:

    I’m still sitting here at 98th and S4, Have not heard anything, no cops going up and down our streets yet to evacuate, this is not good that were not being informed enough on what to do. And if were evacuated how many days? Do I need to pack for a week or a day?

  7. Jeff says:

    Who’s going to run my meth lab if we need to evacuate?

  8. Maryanne says:

    Avenue S14 has had a mandatory evacuation.
    I’m on S10 – everything ready to go just in case. Hope all the horses load uo ok.

  9. Trish says:

    I have been to the evacuation center at Almondale middle school on Ave U. They have the Red Cross there setting up cots for everyone who needs one and dinner is on the way. I have pictures posted on my web site. Check it out at…

    1. Maryanne says:

      Kudos to the Red Cross! Spent the night at Almondale “shelter”, my first time as a recipient of RC services. The Red Cross was awesome: Friendly, courteous, helpful. Folks checked regulary to see if we were ok or needed anything. They were especially watchful over the elderly.
      Back home now, all is good!

  10. David says:

    Looks to me like Union Pacific is not inspecting their tracks and cars very well. Maybe they are in too big of a hurry when they build the trains and don’t allow their train car department to inspect them properly. I wpould like to know where the FRA is whith all these derailments going on across the country….Oh Cancun vacation paid for by the railroads…typical Govenment…Guess what now we get the Mexican trucks that are now allowed to come across the border….LOOK OUT LA….sorry no speck English and no Insure on truck

  11. Sandy says:

    I buy and sell stocks and noticed that these railroads are making record profits and yet this kind of accident still occurs. Yet we in CA pass a transportation bill and we gave the railroads over 200 million of our tax dollars! Why? For this!!! No wonder our local ,state and Federal governments are going broke. We don;t need to be giving Corporate America our tax dollars when our intent of a transportation bill was to FIX OUR ROADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    2/3 and getting closer to home, real close.
    Now the question is will it be japanese ?
    No one deserves it more…

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