- Associated Press - Thursday, February 16, 2017

MONROE, La. (AP) - Police in the northeast Louisiana city of Monroe say an afternoon train derailment led to the rerouting of rush-hour traffic and a precautionary evacuation of buildings within a block of the site.

Police Detective Reggie Brown says no injuries were reported in the accident, which happened around 2 p.m. Thursday. Five cars were involved.

Brown says the cars remained upright and none of the train cars leaked, but an evacuation was ordered because they held hazardous materials. The News-Star reported (https://tnsne.ws/2lcMpp8 ) the chemical was nitropropane, a toxic solvent.

The accident happened on Louisville Avenue, a major thoroughfare in Monroe. The cause of the accident isn’t known.

Brown said police were awaiting the arrival of heavy equipment to move the cars, a task that was expected to take several hours.

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