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Alma train derailment spills up to 20,000 gallons of ethanol into Mississippi River

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ALMA, WI (KTTC) -

A freight train carrying ethanol derailed next to the Mississippi River about two miles north of Alma, Wisconsin.
 
According to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, the train derailed shortly before 9 a.m. on Saturday. BNSF says one tanker released an estimated 18,000 gallons of ethanol near the river, and four others released an estimated 5 to 500 gallons each.

The derailment closed parts of Wisconsin Highway 35 and led to temporary voluntary evacuations of homes and businesses around the crash site.

Crews continued their work on Sunday to transfer ethanol from the derailed cars and get the cars back on the tracks. BNSF says railroad crews stopped the leaks from five tanker cars and placed containment booms along the shoreline.

No one was hurt in the crash BNSF expects the tracks to return to service Monday morning.

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