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Derailed train on fire in the vicinity of Custer (December 22, 2020). Photo courtesy of Tony Jefferson

Derailment cleanup continues according to update from Ecology

FERNDALE, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Ecology provided the following update today, December 26th, regarding the status of the cleanup effort following the BNSF Railway train derailment and subsequent fire on December 22nd.

Primary objectives are to ensure the safety of responders and the community, and to secure the remaining sources of oil at the scene.  Crews continue to remove crude oil from the remaining tank cars on scene, which will continue through Sunday, in preparation for their eventual removal from the site. Community and worker safety air monitoring is continuing and there have been no exceedances of safety standards. The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

Unified command would like to remind the public that the area is not safe to access and no one should approach the scene. No one should ever approach an active railway under any circumstances anyway, besides being private property. Tracks are only safe to cross at established grade crossings, such as roads.

Washington State Department of Ecology train derailment update – 12/26/2020

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