(MENAFN- AzerNews) A train derailed early Thursday on the Swinomish Reservation in
the Anacortes area, in the northwestern U.S. state of Washington,
according to the state Department of Ecology.
About 5,000 gallons of diesel had leaked as of 6 a.m., the
department said. There were no injuries.
The BNSF Railway train could contain up to 10,000 gallons of
diesel, according to the department.
The Department of Ecology and the Marine Spill Response Corp.
had responded to the scene.
The train was traveling east when both engines and at least one
other car derailed before reaching a bridge that crosses the
Swinomish Channel, said Swinomish Police Chief Earl Cowan in a news
The spill happened on a berm bordering a river, and most of the
diesel leaked on the land side, the department said.
The Department of Ecology receives more than 4,000 spill reports
each year. Washington's last oil spill caused by a train was a BNSF
train derailment in Custer in December 2020, during which an
estimated 28,962 gallons of oil were spilled, according to a report
by The Seattle Times.
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