A Union Pacific Railroad train carrying lumber derailed near 5th and K streets in Colton on Monday morning, March 21, with the cause unclear.
At 7:10 a.m. the Colton Fire Department was called about the derailment, with 12 cars plus three locomotives getting dislodged from the tracks, fire Capt. Tom DeBellis said.
Firefighters evaluated one of the train’s crew members at the scene but the person did not go to a hospital, DeBellis said.
“One of the cars, which was carrying lumber, caught fire,” said Robynn Tysver, a Union Pacific spokeswoman.
An estimated 300 gallons of diesel fuel spilled, Capt. DeBellis said, adding that a hazmat team from Union Pacific was doing the cleanup.
The lumber didn’t spill beyond Union Pacific property, police Lt. Ray Mendez said.