None hurt in Emeryville train derailment

2020-04-20 | Contra Costa Times

April 20-- Apr. 20--EMERYVILLE -- Police and rail authorities are responding to a reported train derailment along tracks, authorities said Sunday.

At 1:47 p.m., a Union Pacific train derailed off railroad tracks next to Powell and Horton streets near the Emeryville Amtrak station.

No cause was immediately available, and there were no reports of injury or any hazardous-materials spills.

Emeryville police advised drivers and visitors to avoid railroad crossings along Shellmound Street at and north of 65th Street, and initially referred requests for information to Union Pacific.

In a statement, UP spokesman Tim McMahan said six rail cars upright, made up of three empty tank cars and three refrigerated box cars, were involved. A cause is under investigation, he said.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m., police said intersections for Shellmound Street at 65th, 66th and 67th streets had reopened to traffic, and that Union Pacific was working to remove the cars. "The scene is not causing any hazards and no evacuations have been recommended as the tanker cars are empty," a police statement said.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.