Freight train carrying corn derails in rural Northern California; no one injured

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BELDEN, California — Crews are cleaning up corn that spilled down a canyon and into a river when a freight train derailed in rural Northern California.

Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Aaron Hunt says 11 of the train's 106 cars came off the tracks a little past 3 a.m. Tuesday in the Feather River Canyon near the town of Belden in Plumas County. The train — headed from Nebraska to the Central Valley — had an engineer and conductor on board, but they were not injured.

Hunt says the train was not carrying any hazardous material. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Crews were expected to be at the site all night trying to clean up the spilled corn and clear the tracks.

The rail line does not carry passenger trains. Hunt says Union Pacific can reroute freight trains as necessary.

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