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February 13, 2014

Train carrying oil derails in Westmoreland County

VANDERGRIFT — Authorities say about five cars of a freight train carrying crude oil derailed about 50 miles from Johnstown, striking a building.

Westmoreland County public safety officials say the derailment occurred Thursday morning on a Norfolk Southern rail line between Vandergrift and East Vandergrift.

Spokesman Dan Stevens says no injuries have been reported and there is no word of any fire or leaks, but hazardous materials crews were dispatched as a precaution.

He says some people were evacuated from a building struck by one of the cars that broke through a wall. Engineers will be sent to examine the structural integrity of the building.

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