No one was hurt when the cars derailed Saturday morning, and at least one caught fire.
After derailment, an unknown amount of the ethanol leaked from the tankers onto a pasture and fire spread along an adjacent creek bed.
Right now, the investigation focuses on what caused the cars, which were carrying ethanol, to go off the tracks. Mehrer said the next step for BNSF and emergency responders is to fill the compromised tankers with a special fire-resistant foam to prevent any additional fires or explosions when they are being removed from the crash site.
BNSF Spokesman Andy Williams was on scene Saturday… BNSF hazardous materials teams were also responding to help with the cleanup.
Crews are back at work cleaning up after a weekend train derailment in south central South Dakota. There are no homes or buildings close to the rail line.
The 98-car train derailed at about 6:15 a.m. local time near the town of Lesterville, McBeth told Bloomberg.
Firefighters were able to put most of the fire out. “The biggest reason we might have sprayed any water is to cool the tanks”, said Mike Mehrer, Scotland Fire Chief.