Firefighters Respond To Spill As Freight Train Derails In California Industry Center

INDUSTRY, Calif. (AP) -- A freight train derailed Tuesday in this industrial suburb, sending cars tumbling into a heap and spilling an unknown liquid that prompted the evacuation of nearly a dozen businesses from a strip mall, authorities said.

No injuries were reported.

Five to seven cars left the tracks shortly before 10 a.m., Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Ron Haralson said.

Televised news reports showed boxcars in a heap next to several derailed tanker cars.

Haralson said two cars began leaking liquid and a nearby Home Depot and 10 other businesses were evacuated while a hazardous materials team investigated.

About 40 firefighters were called to the scene, he said.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known, he said.