Official: Small solvent leak after Texas train derailment

VALLEY MILLS, TX -- Authorities say a dozen train cars derailed in Central Texas, and an industrial solvent leaked from one tanker.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper D.L. Wilson said no injuries or fires were reported in the Saturday evening accident near Valley Mills, but that about four homes were evacuated as a precaution. Residents returned home around 9 p.m.

He said Sunday that a hazardous materials crew worked on the cleanup. A message seeking comment was left with BNSF Railway.

Wilson said they initially thought methanol was leaking, but later discovered it was dimethylformamide, which if inhaled can cause nausea and vomiting.

The cause of the derailment is unclear. Wilson says heavy rain made it difficult for cleanup crews to reach the scene.

Valley Mills is about 25 miles northwest of Waco.
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