Anacortes, Wash. (AP) – Two BNSF trains derailed Thursday in Arizona and Washington state.
No injuries were reported. It is not clear what caused the train to derail.
The derailment in Washington occurred in a berm in Padilla Bay on the Swinomish Tribal Reservation near Anacortes. According to the state Department of Ecology, 5,000 gallons (nearly 19,000 liters) of spilled diesel fuel spilled into the perm’s landfill, not into the water.
Officials said there were no signs the spill had reached water or affected wildlife.
As a precaution, responders set up a ramp ashore and removed the remaining fuel from the two derailed engines. Four tank cars stood up.
A train carrying corn syrup derailed in western Arizona near the state border of California and Nevada. Anita Mortensen, a spokeswoman for the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, said she was not aware of any spills or spills.
BNSF spokeswoman Lena Kent said eight cars derailed in Arizona, blocking the main line. The cause of the derailment remains under investigation and it is not immediately known when the lane will reopen.
The derailment comes amid increased attention on rail safety across the country A wildfire in Ohio last month, and since then in Michigan, has made headlines.Alabama and other states.
According to federal data, there are an average of three train derailments per day in the U.S., but relatively few create catastrophes.
Last month, a freight train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed in Ohio in eastern Palestine. Near the Pennsylvania border, hundreds of people were evacuated after the fire.
Wanting to avoid an uncontrolled explosion, officials deliberately released and burned toxic vinyl chloride from five train cars, sending flames and black smoke billowing into the sky. This made people question the potential health effects Although the authorities maintain, they are doing their best to protect the people.