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BNSF workers and a hazardous materials team clean up fuel that spilled from a CSX locomotive on the outskirts of Randall, Minn., on Thursday morning, March 13, 2014. Emergency personnel were called at 9 a.m. Friday from the central Minnesota town. Railroad workers and the hazardous materials team were collecting and wiping up fuel that apparently overflowed after a line break on the engine. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)

Train spills small amount of fuel in central Minnesota

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RANDALL, Minn. -- A train spilled fuel Thursday morning along Highway 10 in this central Minnesota town, but a fire crew that responded said the spill was considerably smaller than the 200 gallons originally reported.

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Randall Deputy Fire Chief Rick Gaffke said his crew of nine firefighters never had to pull their lines and the spill had stopped when they arrived. He said a fuel line leak on the CSX Corp. train engine on a BNSF Railway line apparently caused fuel to spill through an overflow pipe. Gaffke said he didn’t know how much had been spilled, but doubted that it was 200 gallons.

The incident was reported at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, according to BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth.

McBeth said the eastbound train was headed from Dilworth to Kansas City, Mo., when the spill was discovered and the train was stopped. She said the railroad’s environmental consultants cleaned up the engine compartment. Only a “minimal amount” spilled onto the nearby land, McBeth said, and no remediation was necessary by the consultants.

The train, which included 77 loaded cars, three empty cars and two locomotives, was brought in for repairs, she said.

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Kelly Boldan
Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: insidescoop.areavoices.com or the Tribune's blog at: westcentraltribune.areavoices.com.
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