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Colfax thoroughfare remains closed

Train derailed Sunday morning
By: Staff report
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The Union Pacific railroad crossing at Grass Valley Street in Colfax remains closed Monday morning following a train derailment that occurred almost 24 hours ago.

A double stacked freight carrier derailed just in front of the US Bank on Grass Valley and Main streets at around 11 a.m. Sunday. The train was traveling westbound from Chicago to Oakland when five of the 139 cars were derailed.

According to a Placer County deputy there was an unknown substance leaking from one of the cars that was being investigated, which caused the evacuation of approximately 100 people were evacuated from businesses and residences on both sides of the tracks, according to said Placer County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Carol Walsh. The evacuated area was re-opened around 3 p.m. when it was discovered that the leaking fluid was a non-toxic saline solution preservative used for tanning leather hides.

Workers removed the damaged cars from the railroad crossing overnight but repairs to the rail line continues this morning.

Michael Kirby and Katie Sanders contributed to this report.