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SACRAMENTO, CA – On Sunday, November 13, 2011 a Union Pacific Train derailed in Sacramento, CA.

Aerial view of Union Pacific derailment site on the tracks near State University Dr. in Sacramento, CA on November 13, 2011.

Sacramento is located in Sacramento County, California in the central part of the state about 88 miles northeast of San Francisco.

The derailment occurred shortly after midnight next to State University Dr. near Saint Francis High School and Sacramento State University when one of the rail cars on the 107-car train tipped, causing it to spill a load of pipes.

Map showing location of Union Pacific train derailment in Scaramento, CA near State University Dr.

The News 10 ABC website reported on the story:

According to Sgt. Andrew Pettit of the Sacramento Police Department, a load of metal pipes came loose and fell off the train causing it to derail and block the track.

Several rail cars were transporting hazardous materials so a Hazmat team had to be called in to check for spills. Some of the cars were carrying hydrochloric acid and liquid propane.

Hazmat personnel from the local fire department were able to clear up the situation by 7:00 a.m.

The accident caused power to be knocked out in the area and sent several large pipes into a ditch.

Fortunately, no evacuations had to be ordered, there were no injuries reported and no railroad workers were hurt in the mishap.

Union Pacific Railroad was able to clean up the scene of the accident and by Sunday morning was able to take care of the blockage.

FELA Lawyer News Blog is a FELA, train accident and personal injury blog that publishes up to date train accidents and FELA legal news from across the United States. The Federal Employers ‘Liability Act, (FELA) allows injured railroad workers to recover compensation based on the negligence of the railroad company, in lieu of workers’ compensation. FELA defines negligence as the railroad company’s failure to use reasonable care.

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