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Two train cars in El Paso, Texas, derailed Monday night, killing at least one person and damaging a gas line, fire officials said.
The derailment occurred near Barton Street and homes in the area were initially evacuated as a safety precaution, El Paso Fire Department spokesman Enrique Dueñas-Aguilar told Fox News Digital.
About 50 people were able to return home an hour later, Dueñas-Aguilar said.
The spokesman said one death was confirmed as a result of the derailment. It is not clear where this person was when she was killed. No other injuries were reported.
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A backyard shed, fence and gas meter were damaged after train cars derailed.
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The damaged gas line was shut down. Texas Gas was working to repair the line.
“The incident was reported around 9:18 pm MT. The train cars that derailed were carrying grain of wheat, they were not passenger cars,” said Dueñas-Aguilar.
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Authorities ask that people avoid the area.
The El Paso Police Department and Union Pacific are investigating the incident.