3 Propane Tank Cars Derail but Do Not Leak

Three Southern Pacific railroad tankers carrying about 60,000 gallons of propane gas derailed in El Segundo on Friday but did not spill their contents, authorities said. No one was injured in the derailment, which occurred about 12:30 a.m., said Southern Pacific spokesman Bob Hoppe.

The three 20,000-gallon tankers were among six cars being pulled by a locomotive. The tankers derailed as the train was switching tracks in El Segundo, Hoppe said. Hoppe said the train “was probably moving about 5 m.p.h.”

No leakage occurred and no evacuations were necessary, said a dispatcher for the El Segundo Fire Department who declined to give his name. Southern Pacific investigators were seeking the cause of the derailment.