The 98-car train derailed on Saturday near the town of Lesterville, starting a fire and forcing detours on the company’s main track. She says in a statement that there were no injuries and no nearby structures were threatened by the fire.
Williams said three tankers were compromised and lost their contents, but crews haven’t yet determined which of those three actually caught fire.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Terry Williams says the train heading from Mina, South Dakota, to Deer Park, Texas, was traveling 10 miles per hour at the time, which was the allowed speed.
BNSF hazardous materials teams responded to help with the cleanup. “The biggest reason we might have sprayed any water is to cool the tanks”.
When Williams arrived at the scene around 2 p.m., firefighters could still be seen dousing the tanker cars from above the recently collapsed wooden trestle bridge, but he wasn’t yet sure how many BNSF-trained responders were on scene. Now, they’re focuses is on cleaning up. He said their crews would work to move the damaged cars away from the accident site.
After derailment, an unknown amount of the ethanol leaked from the tankers onto a pasture and fire spread along an adjacent creek bed.