Train Derailment Causes Fuel Leakage into Mississippi River

August 08, 2018 02:57 PM

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is on the scene of train derailment at Hoffman Bridge in South St. Paul that caused fuel to leak into the Mississippi River.

The MPCA says two locomotives and a tanker car were on the bridge Wednesday morning when one of the locomotives and tanker cars jumped the tracks. This caused one of the tanks to puncture.


Kristen South, Director of Corporate Communications & Media Relations for Union Pacific, said the incident resulted in the spill of 3,200 gallons of fuel into the river.

She said fuel was no longer spilling, but Union Pacific was working with private contractors and state and federal officials to clean up the fuel in the water. An MPCA spokesperson also confirmed fuel was no longer spilling.

The South Metro Fire Department, serving South and West St. Paul, said in a Facebook post that the river is currently closed to barge and other large boat traffic between South St. Paul and St. Paul, but there is believed to be no public safety threat at this time.

MPCA has set up booms at the bridge and further downstream in an effort to contain the spill. Booms were also set up by Grey Cloud Island, which is nine miles south of the bridge.

The MPCA stated it was too early to know the extent of the environmental impact. 


Theresa Malloy

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