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Clean up continues after train derails

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PASCO, Wash.—Crews are cleaning up after a train derailed Sunday evening in Pasco.

Crews with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe are using large equipment to lift the seven train cars that derailed around 5:30pm Sunday.  A Burlington spokesman says the big cause of concern was the hydrochloric acid that leaked from one car.  The acid is corrosive and could leave chemical burns.  Originally they thought about 12,000 gallons spilled, now they say less than 1,000 gallons.

A product has been put on the contaminated area, which will neutralize the acid then it will be removed and disposed of.

"There's no impact to the environment, no impact to the public or the railroad.  We have continued to isolate this area of our Pasco switching yard, in the meantime we are continuing with our normal switching operations in the yard and other areas," says Gus Melonas, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Spokesman.

Melonas says derailments rarely happen.  According to the Federal Railroad Association there were more than 1,700 derailments in the U.S. in 2008, and less than 800 of those resulted in fatalities.

No one was injured in Sunday's accident.  The cause is still under investigation.

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