Train carrying crude oil derails near Wisconsin border
GALENA, Ill. — A train carrying crude oil derailed Thursday afternoon near the Wisconsin border with Illinois, according to a transportation company official.
BNSF Railway spokesman Michael Trevino said in a written statement that the train derailed at about 1:20 p.m. in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois. There were no injuries reported as of 3:35 p.m.
The La Crosse Fire Department tweeted (@LAXFirefighters) Friday morning that two of its hazmat team members are assisting with fire operations from the train derailment. They also mentioned that La Crosse has one of the few operational foam trailers specifically built by BNSF for detrailments and oil fires.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said its hazmat team is also in Galena responding to the incident.
Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Moser told The Associated Press that several cars have caught fire as a result of the derailment. The blaze hasn’t prompted any evacuations, although that may change.
Trevino said the train had 103 cars loaded with crude oil and two cars loaded with sand. It was not clear how many cars had derailed.
Photos from the Telegraph Herald showed large plumes of smoke and flames visible Thursday afternoon.