Alma tracks to be open Monday evening after derailment

BNSF Railway crews are working near Alma at the site of the November 7 freight train derailment and continue re-railing the cars and repairing the tracks.

At this time the BNSF estimate the tracks will return to service Monday evening.

BNSF says they are continuing to monitor for any environmental impacts, but say none have been observed.

At about 8:45 a.m. Saturday a mixed freight train derailed a combination of 25 auto racks and tank cars.

The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department said five of the cars were carrying ethanol that leaked over 18,000 gallons into the Mississippi River.