Union Pacific train derails in Lincoln Heights, 17 cars off track

LINCOLN HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Seventeen cars from a Union Pacific train derailed Saturday afternoon in Lincoln Heights, the same area that has recently seen car thefts.

Drone video showed the scene of the derailment near San Pablo Street and Valley Boulevard, which is expected to be blocked off for some time.

The tracks were still surrounded and littered with empty boxes from companies like Amazon and UPS, left behind by cargo thieves.

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Union Pacific officials said no one on the train was injured and the cause of the derailment is being investigated.

While it’s unclear whether another robbery occurred on Saturday, the railroad said it has asked the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office to hold accountable those who commit the crimes.

“Our office is committed to working with law enforcement to provide collective safety in Los Angeles County’s sprawling infrastructure, whether at our ports or on the railroads,” the office said. prosecutor in a statement. “Some cases brought to our office by Union Pacific have been dismissed, such as burglary and grand larceny, while others have been denied due to insufficient evidence. We make charging decisions based on the evidence. Our office takes Union Pacific’s concerns seriously and hopes to discuss this matter further in the coming weeks.”

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