Overnight heavy rains caused a train derailment Thursday, near Ferryville, Wisconsin, which is about 25 miles north of Prairie du Chien.
An apparent track washout caused five cars and two locomotives to derail.
A spokesperson for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway says the incident caused about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel from a ruptured fuel tank to leak into the Mississippi river.
Two of the derailed tanker cars were empty, the others were carrying wallboard.
Those who live near the train tracks say they heard the derailment at about 5 a.m.
"It was just a big crash, and it just sounded like all the cars were crashing together," said Lilli Runice, a resident who lives near the train tracks.
Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind is working to provide local communities and emergency responders with the resources they need to deal with train derailments now and in the future.
Following Thursday's BNSF derailment near Ferryville, Kind is working to bring together federal, state and local officials to discuss emergency resources and responder training.
"Today's derailment further proves that we can no longer wait to take action. I am calling on the House to immediately pass my legislation to give our communities and first responders the resources they need to protect our citizens and property,"
said Rep. Ron Kind in a statement released Thursday morning.
The Act would establish a committee working under FEMA's National Advisory Council to bring the resources and training needed to our communities.
No one was injured in Thursday's incident but crews were transported to a local hospital to be checked out as a precaution.
BNSF says when it's safe to get on the river because of the high water, they'll place a boom on the river to try to capture the diesel fuel.