Rail service out after train fire in Calif. desert

Associated Press Published: September 10, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Union Pacific Railroad spokesman says crews are awaiting a replacement engine to clear a blocked freight rail line after a locomotive fire near the California desert town of Nipton.

Railroad spokesman Aaron Hunt says no one was hurt and no hazardous materials cargo was involved in the fire about 5:30 a.m. in California's San Bernardino County near the Nevada state line.

Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin in Las Vegas says seven freight cars carrying hazardous cargo were separated from the burning engine before firefighters arrived.

Hunt says seven of the 96 train cars have corrosive sodium hydroxide powder inside. That's an industrial chemical used as drain cleaner and in the manufacture of paper, textiles, soap and detergent.

The train from Southern California is headed for Salt Lake City.

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