A crew works to right derailed boxcars
A BNSF crew works to right a derailed boxcar. Courtesy OnScene.TV

All roads in National City affected by Monday morning’s freight train derailment are open Tuesday.

BNSF work crews worked through the night and will continue to work Tuesday to clear the area, but no further street shut downs are expected, National City Police said.

The train derailed near Naval Base San Diego, damaging a commercial building and some vehicles alongside the rails but causing no injuries. At least nine cars on the northbound train, which was empty of cargo, went off the tracks for unknown reasons just west of Interstate 5 in National City about 2 a.m.

At least one of the cars struck a building housing CNC Electronics West, a parts supplier in the 1400 block of Tidelands Avenue, leaving cracks on the exterior of the structure. No one was inside the building at the time, authorities said.

A structural engineer was called in to determine if the damaged building remains structurally sound.

The accident also downed several trees, sending them toppling onto at least nine unoccupied vehicles in a parking lot at the electronics business.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the derailment, which forced closures of stretches of Cleveland Avenue, Tidelands Avenue, 19th Street and 24th Street.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.