Seven cars of a freight train derailed Wednesday in the Santa Fe Springs area, but no one was hurt.
The problem, involving a Union Pacific train, was reported about 9:30 a.m. near Slauson Avenue and the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway, authorities said.
A Union Pacific representative said that one of the cars carried hazardous materials but the car remained upright and nothing leaked. It was unclear what the material was, but a hazmat team responded as a precaution, railroad spokeswoman Hannah Bolte said.
Students at two area schools sheltered in place as a precaution, she said.
The derailment closed Slauson Avenue between Passons and Pioneer boulevards and the Slauson Avenue bridge was closed.
Some passenger rail service, including Amtrak, was disrupted through the area, according to reports from the scene.
As the evening rush hour approached, Metrolink’s Inland Empire/Orange County line and 91/Perris Valley Line weren’t running trains from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to the Norwalk/Santa Fe Station. Metro operated a bus shuttle for Metrolink passengers from the Metro Green Line Norwalk Station to Metrolink’s Norwalk/Santa Fe Station.
The derailment occurred in an area where Union Pacific and BNSF Railway tracks intersect and freight traffic on both was halted, Bolte said.