Train derails near Colfax |

Train derails near Colfax

An eastbound Burlington Northern train loaded with fertilizer derailed Sunday afternoon outside of Colfax, the state Office of Emergency Services and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said.

A representative of the state OES said five of the train’s cars derailed at about 2:30 p.m., on Union Pacific tracks east of Interstate 80, spilling 262 tons of ammonium sulfate fertilizer. One car was owned by Coors Brewing Co., and another car that normally carries ethyl alcohol was involved.

The state OES reported that the ammonium sulfate was apparently loaded into two hopper cars. It’s not clear where the train was headed or where it originated, an OES spokesperson said.

Hazardous materials units from Placer County and the state OES were called to the scene, the OES reported. No injuries were reported.

Representatives with Union Pacific, which owns the train tracks, could not be reached for comment.

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