Several train cars derail on tracks west of I-15

Krista Hostetler

Courtesy: James Maier

Several train cars derail on tracks west of I-15

CREATED Aug. 11, 2012

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Officials were on the scene of a possible hazmat situation after several train cars derailed.

It happened early Saturday morning on the train tracks just west of I-15 by Lamb Boulevard and Ann Road.

Officials said four cars derailed from the tracks and were toppled on their sides, that included two tankers and two box cars (one box car was still upright).

They had set up a perimeter around the area for a few hours because they were concerned that a hazardous chemical had been leaking.

Once it was determined the material wasn't hazardous, they re-opened Lamb.

As crews investigated, they found a very small leak of some of the product from the tankers. One of the tankers contained alcohol, the second a fatty acid. One of the cars carried lumber, and the last car was empty.

The leak was contained in the area of origin.

There were no injuries reported and no homes in the area were evacuated.

There were 18 fire department units and about 55 personnel that responded from around the Valley.

The cause of the derailment is still being investigated. Union Pacific ordered equipment from Utah that will arrive later Saturday to assist in getting the tankers and cars upright and removed from the tracks.

There will be units on scene until the cars and tankers are removed.

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