Wisconsin train derailment spilled thousands of gallons of ethanol

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Train cars lie overturned outside of Alma, Wis. after derailing on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. | AP Photo

ALMA, Wis. — Crews are working to clear a freight train derailment in western Wisconsin that spilled thousands of gallons of ethanol, some of it into the Mississippi River.

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.

BNSF said there were no reports of fire, smoke or injuries. The Federal Railroad Administration will investigate.

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