Diesel Spills from Train Car in CO

Friday, October 16, 2015 @ 04:10 PM gHale

A train car leaked thousands of gallons of diesel fuel near a busy intersection in Fort Collins, CO, Tuesday, officials said.

A hazmat team got the call to help firefighters contain the spill. The Poudre Fire Authority said about 2,000 gallons spilled before crews could stop the leak.

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Firefighters were able to cordon off the area and no evacuations were necessary.

It appears the tank suffered from a puncture, possibly from some kind of debris along the tracks, officials said.

The issue of fuel transported via rail cars has been an ongoing concern across the country.

Just this past week a report came out that looked at the fiery oil train derailment in southern West Virginia last February. Federal investigators discovered a broken rail that started with a crack had missed in two inspections.

A CSX train was carrying 3 million gallons of Bakken crude when it derailed Feb. 16 during a snowstorm in Mount Carbon. Twenty-seven of the train’s 109 cars derailed. Twenty cars leaked crude oil.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) said the broken rail resulted from a crack that had expanded. The problem ended up missed by CSX Corp. and a contractor on inspections in December 2014 and last January, said Sarah Feinberg, the FRA’s acting chief.

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