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California IN BRIEF : HAYWARD : 27 Rail Cars Derail, Cut Phone Service

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Railway officials said it will be several days before they are able to clear tracks where 27 cars derailed Saturday, dumping a load of lumber, particle board and frozen chickens destined for Los Angeles. No one was injured when the cars slid off the tracks at 6 a.m. near Industrial Parkway in Hayward, said Jerry Pera, spokesman for Southern Pacific railway. However, the accident disrupted long-distance service for an undetermined number of Sprint customers. Sprint runs fiber-optic cables under the tunnel, a spokesman said. Pera said inspectors believe the train’s brakes froze up, causing a wheel to skip off the tracks.


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