Train derailment prompts evacuations in east Houston

June 28, 2013 10:00:00 PM PDT
Houston Fire Department officials evacuated homes Saturday night near a train derailment in east Houston.

Firefighters were called to the railroad tracks at Sherman and 65th Street just before 8pm. According to authorities, two rail cars crashed into one another. That collision caused four cars to derail.

Those cars were carrying a substance called vinyl acetate, which is a key ingredient in glue. That substance is not toxic, but can be dangerous, irritating the respiratory system as well as eyes and skin.

HFD evacuated homes in the five-block area surrounding the incident as a precaution, but those residents were allowed to return to their homes around 9:30pm.

Firefighters tell us it is safe for residents to be in the area. They say there was no leak and no danger to the public. No injuries were reported.

The crash is under investigation. According to Union Pacific, the train crossing probably won't be cleared until Sunday afternoon.

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