East Texas Train Derailment

Eleven cars of a 74-car cargo train derailed near the Neches River Friday causing one million dollars in damages.

Officials reported no injuries or hazardous materials leaks. Watco Company officials say the train included four cars with hazardous materials, but they remained on the tracks.

The Jasper County Sheriff's Department recommended evacuation of a half-mile radius as a precaution when the train derailed Friday afternoon.

Few homes are in the area.  The evacuation was later called off.

Of the derailed cars, contents included synthetic plastic, green railroad ties and particle board material.

The Federal Railroad Administration is expected to investigate the derailment and inspect the tracks.

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