Coast Guard cleaning up diesel fuel spill on Harbor Island
Cleanup is under way for train that derailed on Habor Island, spilling diesel fuel.
The Coast Guard is overseeing the cleanup of 600 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled after a train derailed Monday night on Harbor Island.
The Coast Guard received a call about 9:15 p.m. that a Union Pacific Railroad locomotive and two freight cars carrying cement ash derailed, spilling fuel into the railroad gravel bed near the West Seattle Bridge.
There are no reports of the fuel entering the water.
Union Pacific Railroad has hired NRC Environmental Services for the cleanup effort.
It's estimated the locomotive was carrying about 1,500 gallons of fuel and the contractor used a vacuum truck to remove the remaining fuel from the engine.
Aaron Hunt, a spokesman for Union Pacific Railroad, wrote in an email that the cleanup process is ongoing and the railroad hopes it will be finished in the next day or two. There were no injuries in the derailment, he wrote.
An investigation is under way on the cause of the derailment.
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