A Union Pacific train derailed in Lincoln Heights Saturday.

The derailment happened at the intersection of San Pablo Street and Valley Boulevard, which was then blocked for the foreseeable future, according to USC, which has its Health Science Campus nearby.

The derailment occurred around 4:30 p.m. near an area where thousands of empty boxes were left behind by cargo thieves, NBCLA reported.

A total of 17 cars derailed at the site, Union Pacific reported to KTLA.

There was no immediate word on injuries nor what caused the derailment.

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