Photo by Shane Harms
Crude contained by new enhanced train cars.

Oil train derails in Interbay, no leaks

Around 2 a.m. this morning a train with 102 cars pulling 100 loads of crude oil derailed under the Magnolia Bridge in southern Interbay.

The train was moving at 5 miles per hour as it pulled out of a BNSF rail yard when the wheels of the second locomotive derailed. The third car, loaded with sand, went off the rails disrupting the next three cars that carried crude.

Because the cars were the new fortified safety models no crude spilled. No one was injured.

Seattle emergency responders and Transportation Security Administration officers arrived shortly after.

The incident caused minor traffic disruption in the line where the derailment happened and no disruption to the rail next to it. BNSF reported that it would take five to eight hours to get the cars back on track.

The 100 cars were loaded with Bakken (North Dakota) crude and were headed to an Anacortes refinery.

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