Train Derails, Spills Chemicals near Pasco

A train crash spilled thousands of gallons of a toxic chemicals Sunday near Pasco, Wash., according to news reports.

The incident occurred around 5 p.m. when several freight cars derailed while moving less than 5 mph during a switching operation. Seven cars derailed from the tracks, causing nearly 12,500 gallons of hydrochloric acid onto the ground by 9:30 p.m. There was a total of about 25,000 gallons of the chemical in the tanker car.

While the chemical can cause respiratory problems and skin and eye irritation, a spokesperson for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad said “experts have determined that there’s no public or environmental threat.” The spill occurred away from homes and businesses in a remote yard area, according to news reports.

It is unclear what caused the derailment to occur. Hazardous material crews worked to seal the leak and the train was up-righted.

The train accident didn’t affect the mainline Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad trains.

As a Tacoma car accident attorney, I’m glad to hear that there were no injuries involved in this train incident. I hope investigators can determine how this accident occurred so similar crashes can be avoided.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Tacoma.