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Train derails near Schulenburg, spills chemical

June 15, 2009 at 1:15 a.m.


SCHULENBURG - A train derailment and chemical spill west of Schulenburg led to the evacuation of 75 homes Monday evening, said the Fayette County emergency management coordinator.

No one was injured in the incident and homeowners were allowed to return to their homes about 10 p.m., said Janet Carrigan, the emergency management coordinator.

"For a train derailment, things are going in the right direction," Carrigan said.

Schulenburg Fire Department responded to a phone call about 6 p.m. reporting that a Union Pacific train headed west on a bridge over the West Navidad River had derailed, said Schulenburg Fire Chief Dennis Lededa.

Firefighters also had to put out a railroad tie fire about one mile down the tracks.

They did not have information on the cause of the derailment or the type of chemical spilled.

Local authorities, as well as La Grange Volunteer Fire Department and a hazardous materials team from Hays County, helped with the clean up.

Union Pacific and local law enforcement are investigating the initial cause of the derailment.

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