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Train derails in Northern California canyon, spilling coal into river

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PLUMAS COUNTY - A train hauling coal through the Feather River Canyon in Plumas County derailed on Sunday afternoon. 

The California Office of Emergency Services reported that 14 railcars were carrying coal and detailed, the Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) said. 

Officials said it is unknown how much coal spilled into the Middle Fork of the Feather River. 

Scene of the spill. Office of Spill Prevention and Response

Union Pacific told CBS13 that the derailment happened near Highway 70 and Camp Layman Road in Blairsden.

Assessments are underway to determine the environmental impact. 

OSPR said, in the short term, they do not expect the spilled coal to be a problem in terms of toxicity. However, officials said they are concerned about the possible smothering effects the spill could have on organisms in the river. 

No injuries were reported and no hazmats were released, Union Pacific said. Clean-up efforts are underway and the derailment is under investigation. 

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