Feds: Derailed Oil Train in Montana Spilled 35,000 Gallons

The Associated Press
Staff Writer

Transportation officials say a train that derailed in northeastern Montana has spilled an estimated 35,000 gallons of crude oil.

A memo sent by Michael Turnbull of the U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday says a hazardous-materials team used earthen dams to contain Thursday night's spill east of the small town of Culbertson, near the North Dakota line.

He says no waterways were affected by oil, and about 30 people living within a half-mile radius of the spill were evacuated temporarily from their homes. The evacuation order ended Friday morning.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe officials say three of the 22 cars that derailed were leaking oil. There was no immediate explanation for what caused the 106-car train to derail.

Firefighters planned to spray foam on the wreckage to prevent an ignition.