Train carrying aluminum oxide crashes in Elko, Nevada

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Photo Courtesy Michael Lyday

ELKO, Nevada (ABC4 News) – A train that was carrying aluminum oxide crashed in Elko, Nevada, forcing the temporary closure of I-80 Wednesday morning.

Elko City and County Public Safety sent out the alert at 10:21 a.m. of the train derailment after The Nevada Highway Patrol said they received a report of a train derailment at 10 a.m.

The crash occurred three miles east of Wells, Nevada, near I-80 mile marker 355.

Nine flat cars, two tankers, and three box cars derailed; however, the total numbers have not been confirmed.

Troopers said the Union Pacific tracks run parallel to the north side of Interstate 80 and because there was a white powdery substance blowing from one of the rail cars towards I-80 the freeway was closed for approximately 50 minutes.

At this time it has been determined to be aluminum oxide (a skin irritant). It is not hazardous, but if in contact with skin, it should be washed off. Initially it was reported the train was carrying grenades and bombs but that has not been confirmed.

Interstate 80 is now open with no restrictions. There is no information regarding why the train derailed. For further information regarding the train derailment, please contact Union Pacific.

A video taken by Michael Lyday shows the substance coming from the crash.

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