TRAIN DERAILMENT: Leaking Cars Being Removed

Posted on: 4:17 pm, May 22, 2013, by , updated on: 06:44pm, May 22, 2013

train_derailment

Efforts to remove portions of a train that derailed in northeast Iowa after flooding washed out the tracks Tuesday morning are continuing.

Canadian Pacific Railroad says three of the train cars carrying ethanol leaked into the Little Cedar River, but all three of those cars have been removed. The locomotive is also leaking its diesel fuel. Clean-up crews have placed booms and absorbent pads around the engine in an effort to capture as much of the fuel as possible. They hope to remove the locomotive soon.

The railroad had planned to recover the cars Tuesday night but because the ground in the area was too soggy, the heavy equipment needed to do the job has not been able to be used.

An environmental consulting firm is monitoring the oxygen levels in the stream to determine the effect the ethanol is having. A monitor will also be placed where the Little Cedar River converges with the Cedar River.

So far no distressed or dying fish have been found in the stream.