A BNSF freight train derailed on Friday in Lyon County Iowa. Fourteen of the thirty-two oil tank cars that derailed spilled a total of 230,000 gallons of crude oil into the Little Rock River.
Crews have been working to contain and clean-up the spilled oil using booms around the crash site. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation and blamed the derailment on the recent floods the area experienced.
Approximately 100,000 gallons of crude oil has been contained. Crews will use equipment to separate the oil from the water. BNSF spokesman, Andy Williams, said “In addition to focusing on the environmental recovery, ongoing monitoring is occurring for any potential conditions that could impact workers and the community and so far have found no levels of concern.”
Crude oil spills into Iowa river after freight train derailment