No injuries reported in freight train derailment in Burlington

BURLINGTON, Wash. -- Five train cars ended up on their side after a freight train derailed Sunday evening near Burlington.

BNSF Railway Company said the train was previously carrying lumber and woodchips, but at the time of the derailment, the cars were empty.

There were no spills or a hazmat response.

BNSF Railway said no one was injured.

The train was traveling at a slow rate of speed when seven cars left the tracks at about 6:45 p.m.

The derailed train cars are blocking S. Walnut St, S. Spruce St., and Greenleaf Ave. Burlington police did not have an estimated time for when the roads would be reopened, but police said they will likely be closed throughout the night and into the morning. S. Burlington Blvd. and State Route 20 are still open.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The derailment happened on a branch lined not a mainline, so Amtrak passenger service is not affected.