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Rock Punctures BNSF Train Fuel Tank Near Columbia River Spilling Diesel

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 NEAR TRI-CITIES, WA - Crews are cleaning up a diesel spill after a rock punctured a fuel tank on a BNSF train engine on tracks near the Columbia River between the Tri-Cities and McNary Dam early Friday morning.

  The Department of Ecology says a large rock slid down a cliff onto the tracks near railroad mile 203 before the train hit it, piercing the fuel tank.  The diesel leaked to the rail bed, but has not reached the river.

  BNSF hired spill response contractors to clean up the spill and get the rest of the fuel out of the damaged train engine.  Ecology says they don't know exactly how much diesel spilled, but the train was carrying up to 3,000 gallons.  So far nothing has been seen in the river.

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