Oil train derails in Wisconsin as investigation into previous crash continues


A second train derailed in Wisconsin in as many days – this one involving an oil train that went off the tracks in the southeastern part of the state.

An eastbound Canadian Pacific train carrying crude oil jumped the tracks in Watertown about 2 p.m. Sunday, according to FOX 6.

ABC 12 reports at least 10 cars derailed at an intersection just outside of the city's downtown. No injuries have been reported and there was no fire.

According to FOX 6, the rail company says less than 1,000 gallons of oil spilled, but the leak has since been plugged.

About 35 homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution, WKOW reports.

The accident disrupted Amtrak's Empire Builder train, which travels daily from Chicago to Seattle and passes through the Twin Cities.

Ethanol leaking into Mississippi River

That accident comes just one day after a BNSF train carrying ethanol derailed Saturday near Alma, Wisconsin, and caused some of the product to leak into the Mississippi River.

BNSF Railway officials says they have stopped the leaks from the five affected tanker cars.

In an e-mail to Bring Me The News, company spokeswoman Amy McBeth says they have placed a containment boom along the river's shoreline and are working to remove the remaining product from the cars.

The derailment occurred around 8:45 Saturday morning, causing 25 of the 32 cars on a mixed freight train to derail. The train was traveling southbound along the river when the derailment occurred, sending a few of the cars into the water.

The railroad says one of the tanker cars released an estimated 18,000 gallons, while the other four cars released an estimated five to 500 gallons. The railroad says it is continuing to monitor environmental impacts and are working with federal and state officials at the scene.

The cause of the derailment is not clear, but there were no reports of injuries, smoke or fire.

Company officials say they are working to transfer ethanol from the derailed cars and will rerail the other tanker cars before they can begin repairing the damaged track.

BNSF says the tracks will return to service Monday morning.

Derailment raises concerns

The derailments come as lawmakers and government officials in Minnesota have been having a major discussion about railroad safety.

Recently BNSF announced that it was rerouting oil train traffic through Minnesota as it upgrades tracks on the usual route.

The temporary reroute passes major landmarks in downtown Minneapolis – including Target Field, Target Center and the University of Minnesota campus.

Gov. Mark Dayton says the reroute puts an additional 99,000 Minnesotans within the 1/2-mile "evacuation zone" around crude oil routes.

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