Derailed BNSF train leaking fuel into Kootenai River

Derailed BNSF train leaking fuel into Kootenai River

Emergency crews have rescued two train operators trapped in a BNSF engine that derailed into the Kootenai River 10 miles east of Bonners Ferry on Wednesday.

None of the operators were injured during the derailment reported at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, Boundary County emergency management said.

Three locomotives and six rail cars were derailed, said BNSF spokesman, Gus Melonas.

One locomotive is in the river, one is in the right of way, and one is on the bank of the river partially in the water, Melonas said. The tracks have a rock cliff on one side and the bank of the river on the other, Melonas said.

The freight train was making its way from Minneapolis to Pasco carying general freight, Melonas said.

The engine is leaking diesel fuel into the river. BNSF and other emergency crews are working to contain the spill and remove the engine from the water, according to Boundary County.”

The Spokesman-Review – Jan 2, 2020