As of 3:10pm, all evacuations in the Colfax area have been lifted. The product leaking from the rail car was determined to be non-hazardous.
The command of the derailment has been transitioned to the Union Pacific Railroad. All fire resources have been released.
UPRR advised it would take approximately 15-24 hours to upright and re-rail the cars.
January 20, 2013 at 3:26 PM - The leaking fluid has been determined to be non-hazardous.
January 20, 2013 - Firefighters from the CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit are currently working a train derailment in Colfax, Placer County.
While major details are still forthcoming, we are able to provide you with the following information:
Incident name: Train
Date / Time the incident was reported: Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 10:57am.
CAL FIRE received notification of a westbound Union Pacific freight train derailment at the train depot in the city of Colfax on Railroad St. It is currently unknown what caused the derailment and a total of 5 cars have come off of the tracks. Although the cars that derailed are not shown to be carrying hazardous materials, one of the cars is leaking an unknown fluid and the Placer County Central Region Haz Mat team is at scene.
Any injuries reported: No
Evacuations: 100 residences and businesses on Railroad St., Main St., S. Auburn St. and Culver St. Colfax High Gymnasium has been established as the evacuation center and is being supported by the Red Cross for evacuees.
Committed to the incident: Unified Command with CAL FIRE and Placer County Sheriff’s Department. Union Pacific Railroad representatives and law enforcement are at scene as well as assisting agencies Colfax City Fire, Placer Hills Fire and Placer County Central Region Haz Mat Team.
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