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Punctured Rail Car Dumps 200 Gallons of Diesel Fuel

A punctured fuel tank on the Union Pacific train released hundreds of gallons of fuel along the Feather River Canyon in Pulga.

Posted: Jul 25, 2018 12:02 PM
Updated: Jul 25, 2018 5:01 PM

PULGA, Calif. - A punctured rail car on the Union Pacific train released approximately 200 gallons of diesel fuel along Highway 70, near Merlin. 

The spill happened around 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning when a rock slide along the Feather River Canyon punctured the tank of a refrigerated rail car and emptied the fuel onto a dirt area along the track. 

The Union Pacific environmental team, safety professionals and environmental contractors responded immediately to contain the spill and provide clean-up efforts. 

Absorption and containment booms were deployed and remain in place as a precautionary measure. The environmental team is also conducting soil remediation in wake of the spill. 

No injuries or derailments resulted from the rock slide. 

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