Wind River Train Wreck Drops 6,800 Gallons Of Fuel

Wednesday's train derailment in the Wind River Canyon spills 6,800 gallons of fuel into the Big Horn River.
Wednesday's train derailment in the Wind River Canyon spills 6,800 gallons of fuel into the Big Horn River.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A spokesman for Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Corporation says up to 6,800 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from two locomotives that crashed in the Big Horn River and along its bank this week. Two locomotives and four freight cars derailed Wednesday when a southbound train hit a boulder on the track about five miles south of Thermopolis. Crews continued Friday to remove the engines and rail cars and to clean up materials that spilled.

A BNSF spokesperson said that crews have used absorbent pads and vacuum skimmers to try to contain fuel that spilled in the river. State environmental officials don't expect significant environmental impacts because the fuel has been diluted in the river. The track is expected to be repaired and reopened this weekend.

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