- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - A train has spewed as much as 600 gallons of diesel fuel alongside the railroad tracks near West Burlington after a high pressure fuel line broke.

The Burlington Hawk Eye reports (https://bit.ly/1sFN7uR ) a BNSF Railway locomotive lost the fuel around 5 p.m. Saturday. The train crew called the West Burlington Fire Department out of concern the fuel could catch fire.

The locomotive blew two fuel lines and the diesel soaked the train’s hot motor before the train stopped.

West Burlington Fire Chief Mike Helm says that could have been a dangerous situation.

Fuel was spread over 300 yards but was contained by gravel under the railroad tracks.

A hazardous materials team from Illinois used suction equipment to pull up fuel.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources was notified as required.


Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com

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