Train derails in southeast Texas, forcing evacuations

Authorities in southeast Texas say a freight train has derailed and are urging nearby residents to evacuate their homes as hazmat crews assess the damage

MAURICEVILLE, Texas -- A freight train derailed Thursday in southeast Texas, prompting authorities to urge nearby residents to evacuate their homes as hazmat crews assessed the damage, the Orange County sheriff's office said.

The derailment happened Thursday morning near Mauriceville, close to the Louisiana border. Authorities said schools, businesses and homes within a mile of the site should evacuate.

There were no reports of injuries.

It’s unclear what the train was hauling and what sent it off the tracks.

Drone footage from the sheriff’s office shows train cars piled up along a railroad.

Authorities told drivers should avoid the crash site, near Texas Highway 62 and Farm to Market Road 1130.