No one hurt in train derailment, diesel spill

Staff reports

Thirty-three empty grain bin cars and a diesel train engine derailed at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Deerwood Valley and Rainbow Drive area near Saginaw.

Andy Nimmo, chief of the Redings Mill Fire Protection District, said the train had 80 cars and six engines.

“The biggest problem was the diesel fuel spilling out from the train engine,” Nimmo said. “We took care of the problem quickly and were on the scene about two hours.”

Nimmo said about 200 gallons of diesel fuel had leaked out of the locomotive. No one was evacuated and there were no injuries reported, he said.

Kansas City Southern responded with a hazardous materials team based out of Springfield to clean up the spill. Nimmo said he contacted the Missouri Department of Natural Resources about the spill as well.

“Once their hazmat team was on the scene, we turned it over to them,” he said. “It could have been a lot worse. Thankfully, no one was injured and no property damage was done, other than to the KCS stuff. It all went well.”

About 12 firefighters manning five units were on the scene. Also responding were the Newton County Ambulance District and the Newton County Sheriff’s Department, which conducted traffic control.

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