25 freight train tankers derailed in western Wisconsin, with ethanol being spilled in Mississippi River according to official statements.
The derailment of the BNSF Railway freight train brought an unusual sight for the residents of Alma, the small town in the vicinity of which the event took place. Ethanol is leaking into the Mississippi River from the derailed tankers. However, no official statements have been made as to the full impact of the derailment. It is also unclear at this point what caused the derailment that sent 25 BNSF Railway tankers off the train tracks.
Trains aren’t an uncommon sight for the residents of Alma. Nonetheless, this is an incident that took a different toll. 25 freight train tankers derailed in Western Wisconsin according to official statements placing the accident at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday. The derailment is about 2 miles away from Alma. Of the 25 derailed cars, some were carrying ethanol.
BNSF Railway announced that the railroad is pooling efforts to contain the ethanol leak in the Mississippi River. However, the declaration fell short of announcing how much ethanol was being carried and how much spilled over.
In addition, spokeswoman for the BNSF Railway Amy McBeth stated that it is currently unknown when the cleanup efforts will come to an end. Until then, the railway remains closed.
Authorities called on scene responded immediately. A voluntary evacuation seeing 150 people leaving their homes was lifted at 2 p.m. Everyone returned home safely. To avoid potential damage, traffic from two highways was also redirected following the derailment. Everything is back to normal again, with the highways being reopened once more.
BNSF Railway is working to stabilize the cars and tankers and remove them from the tracks. In addition, it will continue cleaning up efforts. An ongoing investigation has been set in motion by the Federal Railroad Administration.
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