Freight train derails near Tacoma

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — Authorities say two freight trains sideswiped one another and several cars careened off the tracks near the Tacoma Narrows.

Reports say 15 to 20 railcars went off the tracks late Saturday as the two trains were passing each other on separate tracks.

Fire official Hallie McCurdy tells the Seattle Times that there have been no reports of any injuries.

KOMO-TV says several of the cars reportedly crashed into the waters of Puget Sound.

Residents within a mile of the site have been urged to stay inside until authorities can determine what the cars were carrying.

Pierce County hazardous materials teams were responding, as well as boats from Tacoma, Anderson Island and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The cause of the derailment was not available.

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