Train derails, toxic cloud forces evacuations

A train derailed near Bakersfield, CA Saturday with one of its cars catching fire, forcing the evacuation of several nearby homes.
There were no serious injuries in the derailment at 9:30 p.m. Saturday near Keene, 15 miles south of Bakersfield, according to the Star Tribune.
Authorities believe two train cars went off the Union Pacific tracks at a tunnel entrance with one of those cars carrying denatured alcohol ruptured and caught fire, according to the Pioneer Press.
About eight home were evacuated as a precaution after the fire produced a toxic cloud. A temporary shelter was set up at a local high school. The blaze was confined to the tunnel entrance and crews let the fire burn itself out, according to the Pioneer Press.

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