August 12, 2019: BNSF Train Derails in Oregon After Striking Boulders

A BNSF freight train struck several boulders that had fallen onto the tracks in Madras, Oregon. The collision caused five locomotives to partially derail. There were no hazardous materials on board but the damage to the lead locomotive did result in approximately 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel to spill.
Although the spill occurred about one mile from the Bureau of Land Management’s Trout Creek Campground along the Deschutes River, authorities do not believe there is any threat to the environment or the waterway. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality deployed a boom to catch any fuel that may have reached the water.

Freight train hits boulders on tracks near Madras causing derailment, diesel spill