Train derailment spilled thousands of gallons of ethanol

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BNSF Railway cars lie in a jumbled pile after derailing just north of Alma, Wisconsin.
Matthew Seckora | AP

Crews are working to clear a freight train derailment in western Wisconsin that spilled 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 train derailed 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 says 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 was hurt. BNSF expects the tracks to return to service Monday morning.

The Federal Railroad Administration will investigate.

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