Official: Solvent leak after Texas train derailment

VALLEY MILLS, Texas (AP) -- Authorities say about a dozen train cars derailed in Central Texas, and an industrial solvent leaked from one tanker.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper D.L. Wilson said no injuries or fires were reported in the Saturday evening accident near Valley Mills, but that about four homes were evacuated as a precaution. Residents returned home around 9 p.m.

Wilson said they initially thought methanol was leaking, but later discovered it was dimethylformamide, which if inhaled can cause nausea and vomiting.

BNSF Railway spokesman Joe Faust says about 7,000 gallons of the flammable liquid spilled but it has been contained and poses no threat. He says the cleanup should be finished by late Sunday night.

The cause of the derailment is unclear.

Valley Mills is about 25 miles northwest of Waco.

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