Another Train Derails in WI, Spills Oil

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 @ 10:11 AM gHale

There was a second train derailment in Wisconsin in two days as a Canadian Pacific Railway train went off the tracks Sunday, spilling less than 1,000 gallons of crude oil and prompting evacuations.

Thirteen cars of an eastbound Canadian Pacific train derailed at 2 p.m. in Watertown, WI, in the southeastern part of the state, the railroad said. One tank car punctured and leaked oil.

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The company said workers sealed the leaking car and they contained the spilled product and they had siphoned it off. No oil reached a waterway, officials said. The company was working to confirm the exact amount of spilled crude but said it was no more than 1,000 gallons.

In addition, there were no fires or injuries reported.

Federal Railroad Administration investigators were at the scene, the agency said.

Residents of about 35 homes evacuated around 4 p.m., said Donna Haugom, director of the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management.

Canadian Pacific said it reserved hotel rooms for all affected families.

The incident came a day after a freight train derailed near Alma in western Wisconsin, spilling thousands of gallons of ethanol. BNSF Railway said crews continued Sunday to transfer ethanol from the derailed cars and get the cars back on the tracks.

The BNSF train derailed at 8:45 a.m. Saturday about two miles north of Alma, a town along the Mississippi River. Some of the 25 derailed cars were empty auto racks and tanker cars.

BNSF said railroad crews stopped the leaks from five tanker cars and placed containment booms along the shoreline. One tanker released an estimated 18,000 gallons of ethanol, and the other four released an estimated 5 to 500 gallons each.

No one suffered an injury in that incident. BNSF said the tracks returned to service Monday.