Train Derails, Residents Evacuated as a Precaution

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A train derailment has made a mess of things in Colfax Sunday afternoon.

Cal Fire officials say that the train was approaching the Amtrak station along Rail Road Street around 11 a.m. when it derailed near Main and Auburn streets.

The train was not carrying any hazardous materials, although one car was said to be leaking. A total of five cars derailed.

A Placer County hazmat team is at the scene to clean up the mess.

Some homes and small businesses in the immediate area were evacuated as a precaution. More than 100 people were evacuated, with an evacuation center set up at Colfax High School. A little after 3 p.m., the evacuations were lifted. The material leaking from the car was found to not be dangerous.

Officials says they will be out there to clean up the mess for “awhile.”

Two trains have been affected thanks to the crash. One train, coming from Chicago and destined for Emeryville, is stuck in Gold Run. Passengers are being transported by buses to their final destination.

The other train, coming from Emeryville and destined for Chicago, will have to wait until the track is cleared. This train has not boarded yet.

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