Cleanup of oil from derailment in Iowa begins

A BNSF train derailed early Friday near Doon, north of Sioux City, Iowa, dumping tar sands oil into floodwaters. 


DOON, Iowa (AP) — BNSF Railway says it has reopened a track where 32 tank cars derailed, spilling thousands of gallons of crude oil in northwest Iowa.

Spokesman Andy Williams said a train ran down the repaired line near Doon about 10 p.m. Monday.

An estimated 230,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into floodwaters of the Little Rock River from 14 of the cars. Williams said much of the oil spilled was contained to a small area between the track and two roads.

Officials downstream in Iowa and Nebraska have been assured by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that the oil will be contained before reaching the Missouri River at Sioux City.

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