CA - Post-derailment repairs will close stretch of White Lane until 8 p.m. : LUSENET : Grassroots Information Coordination Center (GICC) : One Thread

Filed: 11/29/2000

The Bakersfield Californian

A minor train derailment Wednesday morning on the White Lane crossing near Wal-Mart caused the heavily traveled street to be closed for hours, officials said.

The San Joaquin Valley Railroad Co. train had four cars slip off the track at 6:55 a.m. because the rail broke at a switching point just south of White Lane, officials said.

The cars, including two tankers hauling sodium hydroxide and a flatbed with lumber, remained upright and did not pose any public danger, railroad Supt. Keith Barksdale said.

Sodium hydroxide is a common chemical substance which could burn skin and eyes on contact, but it is not as dangerous as a chlorine vapor that attacks respiratory systems, firefighters said.

White Lane between South H Street and Hughes Lane was closed immediately and was expected to remain closed until about 8 p.m., Bakersfield police said.

The train was removed from the track by noon, but the track and road repair was expected to take another eight hours.

-- Doris (, November 30, 2000

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