Oil train derails in US

10 November 2015, News Wires – A Canadian Pacific train hauling Bakken crude derailed Sunday in Wisconsin, leading to the evacuation of 35 families, authorities said.

West Virginia oil train fire va fireAccording to the US Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), a total of 13 tank cars were carrying oil when the train derailed.

UPDATE: One of the cars was punctured and leaked oil. Canadian Pacific’s preliminary estimates suggest fewer than 12 barrels of crude were spilled, and the company is working to confirm an exact number, spokesman Andy Cummings said.

As of Monday morning, evacuations were still in place, the FRA, which is investigating the derailment, tweeted.

There were no reports of fire or injuries, according to a release from the Watertown Fire Department.

“The leaking car has now been sealed, spilled product was contained and siphoned off, and no product has reached waterways,” Cummings said.

Three of the cars have been placed onto a temporary track, with nine more to go.

“A determination will be made whether to unload those cars into empty railcars or haul them away based on mechanical condition,” Cummings said.

The car that leaked will be unloaded and cut up on-site.

Environmental response includes air monitoring and a soil remediation plan that Canadian Pacific will establish with its contractors. So far, no air monitoring readings have exceeded safe levels, Cummings said.

According to wire service AP, the incident marks the second train derailment in Wisconsin in as many days. A BNSF train went off the tracks Saturday near the town of Alma, spilling thousands of gallons of ethanol.

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