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.