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Train derailment knocks out power on Southwest Side

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A train derailed near Quintana Road and Briggs Avenue on Friday, September 8, 2017. (Photo: Sinclair Broadcast Group)

SAN ANTONIO - A train derailed on the city's South Side Friday morning, knocking out power to about 6,000 homes and businesses on the city's South Side for several hours.

The incident happened at Quintana Road and Briggs Avenue at about 5 a.m. on Friday. No one was hurt.

Authorities said 10 to 12 train cars derailed during what is called the 'pushing' process at a rail depot. Several of the cars were carrying new Toyota Tundra trucks.

"They were shoving cars. What they call shoving cars is when they are getting ready to put them online. They will pull them apart and push them together and make sure they are all hooked together," explained San Antonio Fire Department Battalion Chief Russell Johnson. "Somehow it got away from them and it started rolling towards the main track."

One of the derailed cars struck a power line, causing a power outage in the area for several hours. Power was restored around 9 a.m.

The derailment caused quite a mess and it was unclear how long it would take to remove the damaged train cars.

The San Antonio Fire Department responded with HazMat and several trucks, which they say this is standard protocol in a train derailment. Fortunately, none of the cars was carrying hazardous material.

No injuries were reported.

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