Railway crew hopes to open derailment site later Monday
ALMA, Wis. (AP) -- The latest developments following the derailments of a two trains that spilled loads in Wisconsin this past weekend (all times local):
12:05 p.m. BNSF Railway crews working on a train derailment along the Mississippi River near Alma are moving train cars back onto the tracks and repairing those tracks. The railroad estimates the tracks will return to service Monday evening.
Five BNSF tank cars released up to an estimated 20,000 gallons of ethanol on Saturday. The railroad says the remaining product has been removed from the derailed tankers and a containment boom was placed near the river.
BNSF says the environment doesn't appear to have been damaged. There were no injuries.
As BNSF deals with its derailment, Canadian Pacific Railway is working to clear 13 tanker cars that derailed Sunday in the southern Wisconsin community of Watertown. Hundreds of gallons of crude oil spilled from one tanker. ------ 8:15 a.m. Contractors for Canadian Pacific Railway are working to clear more than a dozen derailed train cars in southern Wisconsin after hundreds of gallons of crude oil spilled from one tanker.
Watertown fire chief Gregory Michalek said Monday that residents who evacuated dozens of homes following the spill a day earlier cannot yet return home as cleanup continues.
Thirteen of 110 cars derailed in Watertown Sunday afternoon, the second derailment in Wisconsin in as many days. Federal investigators say there is nothing to suggest the Watertown derailment was anything but an accident.
A BNSF freight train derailed Saturday, spilling more than 18,000 gallons of ethanol near Alma in western Wisconsin, near the Mississippi River. BNSF said railroad crews stopped the leaks from five tanker cars and placed containment booms along the shoreline
Fire officials plan to re-evaluate the situation in Watertown Monday evening and decide if residents can return home.