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Train derails, spills soda ash

February 15, 2009|Susannah Rosenblatt

A Union Pacific train carrying industrial materials derailed early Saturday morning, spilling two carloads of soda ash, officials said. There were no injuries, and the ash was not hazardous, they said.

Eight cars in the middle of an 80-car train ran off the track in a residential area just north of West Rialto Avenue about 1:30 a.m., Union Pacific spokeswoman Zoe Richmond said. The cause of the crash was under investigation.

The ash is used in detergent. The train was also carrying cement, Richmond said.

-- Susannah Rosenblatt

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