Flooding, train derailment closes US 95 at Nevada California border


U.S. 95 between the Nevada State Line and I-40 in Needles, California was closed for hours Friday due to flooding and a freight train derailment, according to the California Department of Transportation.

Earlier in the day, flooding caused a mudslide at U.S. Hwy 95, 10 miles south of the Nevada border, forcing its closure. 

The mudslide was cleaned-up and set to reopen at 3 p.m. However, the train derailment has since occurred spilling 15 cars onto the roadway.  The derailment occurred 14 miles south of the Nevada border.

Crews told authorities they thought it was a micro burst blew the cars off the tracks.  It was the cars in the rear that derailed. None of the trains were carrying hazardous materials.

No one was hurt or killed.  Caltrans says, clean up crews are having a tough time getting to the derailment because of weather. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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