Train carrying dangerous cargo derails in Fall River, causing diesel fuel leak


“The environmental impact of the spilled diesel fuel is the main concern right now.”

A freight train carrying dangerous cargo hit a tree on the tracks in Fall River Monday night, causing it to derail and its fuel tank containing thousands of gallons of diesel to be punctured and leaked, the police said. policeman.

No injuries were reported and there is no immediate threat to public safety, Fall River police said in a statement. Police received a call at 7:29 pm reporting a derailed train in the area of ​​North Main and Clark streets, police said.

The Mass Coastal Railroad train is believed to be traveling southbound at low speed when it hit a tree that had fallen onto the tracks, causing the train to derail but remain upright, police said. The train’s fuel tank, which contained about 18,000 gallons of diesel, was punctured and began to leak, police said. The train’s cargo remains intact, according to the statement.

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