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Train derails in National City, hits building on Tidelands Avenue

Posted at 5:36 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 14:13:45-04

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (KGTV) - A freight train traveling in National City derailed and struck a building early Monday morning, but no injuries were reported.

Authorities said the train derailed at around 2 a.m., but the incident was not reported until just before 5 a.m.

10News learned the train was traveling northbound -- but facing backwards -- along Tidelands Avenue when at least nine of the train’s cars went off the tracks for unknown reasons. One of the cars struck a building at 1445 Tidelands Avenue that houses CNC Electronics West Inc. Several trees were also uprooted by the train cars.

The BNSF train normally transports automobiles, but the train was not carrying any cargo at the time of the derailment.

The emergency response prompted authorities to shut down a stretch of Tidelands Avenue between Civic Center Drive and 19th Street. The affected roadway is expected to be closed through the afternoon commute.

National City police advised anyone heading to Naval Base San Diego to use the Main Street gate, near 28th Street.

The building hit by the train was set to be evaluated by an inspector, 10News learned. The NTSB was also expected to join the investigation into the derailment.