Residents hope to Return Home after Calif. Train derailment

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Mecca, Calif. (AP) Some California residents evacuated after a freight train derailment could go home as early as today.

Toxic fumes leaking into the air forced the evacuation after Monday's derailment of a union pacific train and crews continue to carefully clean up the mess. The scene is near Mecca, California, in the rural desert about 140 miles east of Los Angeles.

A railroad spokesman says the accident left 29 cars off the tracks. One leaked phosphoric acid and another may have leaked hydrochloric acid.

Resident Ernest Lo said he was awakened shortly after midnight by firefighters hollering for people to get out.

The spokesman says crews had removed three of the cars by yesterday afternoon and were working their way through debris to the source of the toxic leaks, which appear to have stopped.


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