Train spills thousands of gallons of diesel fuel after striking railroad debris in Racine County

Train hit railroad debris, rupturing the train's fuel line

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by Shakara Robinson
by Matt Doyle

TOWN OF WATERFORD -- Firefighters and hazardous material crews spent the overnight hours clearing a diesel spill of near 4,000 gallons in Racine County.

Fire officials say the Canadian National train was traveling through the Town of Waterford near Honey Creek Road and High Drive just before 10 p.m. Sunday when it hit debris on the railroad.

The metal debris ruptured the train's fuel line, causing a diesel spill of nearly 4,000 gallons.

Town of Waterford fire officials say they were able to recover about 1,600 gallons of diesel fuel, but the remainder soaked into the ground. 

Officials with the Department of Natural Resources were on the scene to make sure the fuel didn't contaminate a nearby river, located about a mile away from the spill.

The spill happened in a rural part of the town and there's no immediate threat to people or water, officials say.

A spokesperson for Canadian National says the mixed freight train was traveling to Green Bay from Gary, Indiana.

Canadian National environmental personnel were also on hand throughout the night working with local officials. 

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