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Nobody hurt as 2 tanker cars derail in Longview

Published On: Sep 08 2013 02:58:37 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 08 2013 02:58:45 PM CDT

LONGVIEW, Texas -

(AP) - Nobody has been hurt when two tanker cars bound for Tennessee derailed and overturned in East Texas and one spilled a small amount of a tar-like substance.

Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary says the BNSF Railway accident happened early Sunday as some cars were being switched.

Longview police say nearby highway traffic was affected for nine hours until reopening around 10 a.m. Sunday.

Zackary says one tanker carried diesel fuel and didn't leak. The other tanker hauled molten resin, similar to road tar, and less than 50 gallons leaked. Firefighters contained the spill.

BNSF spokesman Joe Faust says the train was heading from Dayton, 30 miles northeast of Houston, to Memphis, Tenn. Faust says other railroad traffic won't be affected during the cleanup.

Longview is 120 miles southeast of Dallas.