Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 | 1:02 p.m.
Four freight train cars derailed early today near Donovan Way and Tropical Parkway, North Las Vegas Fire Department officials said.
Firefighters from throughout the Las Vegas Valley arrived about 12:40 a.m. to investigate the derailment and a potential hazardous material spill, officials said. One tank car carrying alcohol, one tank car carrying a fatty acid, one boxcar carrying lumber and one empty boxcar had gone off the rails.
Within 45 minutes, the 18 fire department units and 55 personnel targeted a minor leak in one of the tank cars and contained it, officials said. Residents were never in danger, they said.
Officials said there were no injuries to the train conductor, bystanders or firefighters.
Union Pacific Railroad has ordered equipment from Utah to remove the cars by this evening, officials said.
The cause of the derailment is under investigation.