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Derailed train spilled 49,000 gallons of ethanol near Charles City


CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says about 49,000 gallons of ethanol leaked from railroad tanker cars after a derailment east of Charles City.

The DNR says Friday the leak into the Little Cedar River was greater than had been previously estimated, but initial monitoring indicates normal oxygen levels in the river. Workers haven't found any dead or distressed fish downstream.

The derailment late Monday caused three ethanol tanker cars and three locomotives to partially submerge into the river.

Canadian Pacific Railroad workers removed the three tanker cars Wednesday and pulled out the three locomotives Thursday night.

Besides the ethanol leaked, the railroad estimates 300 to 400 gallons of diesel and 100 gallons of lube oil leaked out.

Floating booms and absorbent pads were placed to capture the fuel.

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