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Tuesday, Dec 10 2013 08:31 AM

Freight train derails west of Tehachapi

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Railroad workers responded to a freight train derailment that occurred four miles west of Tehachapi this morning somewhere between 6 and 6:15 a.m. Photo by Nick Smirnoff.

According to Senior Special Agent Lee Henning of Union Pacific, 200 feet of track was damaged in a freight train derailment that occurred Dec. 10 four miles west of Tehachapi. Photo by Nick Smirnoff

A freight car lies on its side below the track following derailment of seven cars about four miles west of Tehachapi on Tuesday morning, Dec. 10. Tehachapi News photo

A spokesman for Union Pacific Railroad said this freight train, which derailed about four miles west of Tehachapi on Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, was not carrying any hazaroudous materials. Tehachapi News photo

Seven freight cars hopped the track about four miles west of Tehachapi on Tuesday morning, Dec. 10. Tehachapi News photo

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train has derailed about four miles west of Tehachapi.

Special Agent Lee Henning of Union Pacific said seven cars left the tracks somewhere between 6 and 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

The train appeared to be westbound and the engine of the train had emerged from one tunnel while the end of the train was through another tunnel to the east and three railcars were sideways across the track while another had fallen completely off the track.

Train tracks in the area hug the side of the mountain just south of the Highway 58 through the Tehachapi Pass. The area of the derailment was about eight miles east of the famous Tehachapi Loop.

Henning said about 200 feet of track were damaged in the derailment. About a 70-foot length  of track was lying mangled down the side of the mountain below the railbed.

Kern County Sheriff and Fire Department responded to the derailment but had left the scene by about 7:45 a.m. A number of railroad officials were on scene inspecting the damage.

Cause of the derailment is not yet known. Henning said no hazardous materials were on the train.

Additional information will be posted when it becomes available.

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