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The Latest: I-80 reopens in Nevada after train derailment

WELLS, Nev. — The Latest on a train derailment that closed U.S. Interstate 80 in northeast Nevada for more than an hour (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

A 60-mile (96-kilometre) stretch of U.S. Interstate 80 in northeast Nevada has reopened after a train derailment caused a potential hazmat scare.

The interstate was closed at about 11 a.m. Wednesday from Wells to West Wendover along the Utah state line while emergency crews checked for any potential spill of hazardous materials. It reopened shortly after noon.

The Elko County Sheriff’s office says Union Pacific officials have confirmed the material that spilled was vegetable oil. Union Pacific didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

There have been no reports of injuries.

The sheriff’s office says 22 rail cars were involved in the derailment.

Authorities are continuing to investigate whether any hazardous materials were aboard the train.

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12 p.m.

A 60-mile stretch (96 kilometres) of U.S. Interstate 80 in northeast Nevada has been closed while emergency crews respond to a train derailment. Authorities were investigating whether any hazardous materials were aboard the train.

There’s been no immediate report of injuries.

Nevada Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meg Ragonese says the interstate was closed along the Utah state line shortly after the derailment was reported at about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

A dispatcher at the Elko County Sheriff’s Office says rail cars containing military munitions are on the train, but not near the site of the actual derailment.

Ragonese says interstate traffic is being rerouted.

The Associated Press