The Latest: Residents allowed home after CP train derailment

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Posted: Nov 09, 2015 8:43 PM
The Latest: Residents allowed home after CP train derailment

WATERTOWN, Wis. (AP) — The latest developments following the derailments of two trains that spilled loads in Wisconsin this past weekend (all times local):

7:10 p.m.

Canadian Pacific Railway says residents are being allowed to return home after an oil train derailment prompted an evacuation in southern Wisconsin.

The railroad said at 6:30 p.m. Monday it began notifying evacuees in Watertown that they can return home. Dozens of homes were evacuated after hundreds of gallons of crude oil spilled from one tanker Sunday.

CP says air monitoring has not detected any volatile organic compounds in residential neighborhoods. That air monitoring will continue as a precaution while the spilled oil is recovered.

The railroad also says the first train passed the site on a temporary track at reduced speed at 6:15 p.m. Trains will continue operating at reduced speed for now.

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2:51 p.m.

Canadian Pacific Railway has placed 12 of 13 derailed train cars back on the tracks in southern Wisconsin where hundreds of gallons of crude oil spilled from one tanker.

The railroad says the dozen cars will be moved to an adjacent site for evaluation. The 13th car could not be safely put back on the tracks, so it will be scrapped.

CP says track is being installed Monday afternoon. Once that's done, trains will be allowed to pass through at reduced speeds. The main line is expected to be clear at 6 p.m.

The railroad says it will begin to haul away contaminated soil once it's safe to do so.

Residents who evacuated dozens of homes in Watertown are still being kept away. CP says air monitors at the derailment show vapors at safe levels. A decision on whether to allow residents to return to their homes is expected at 6 p.m.

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12:05 p.m.

BNSF Railway crews working on a train derailment along the Mississippi River near Alma are moving train cars back onto the tracks and repairing those tracks. The railroad estimates the tracks will return to service Monday evening.

Five BNSF tank cars released up to an estimated 20,000 gallons of ethanol on Saturday. The railroad says the remaining product has been removed from the derailed tankers and a containment boom was placed near the river.

BNSF says the environment doesn't appear to have been damaged. There were no injuries.

As BNSF deals with its derailment, Canadian Pacific Railway is working to clear 13 tanker cars that derailed Sunday in the southern Wisconsin community of Watertown. Hundreds of gallons of crude oil spilled from one tanker.

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8:15 a.m.

Contractors for Canadian Pacific Railway are working to clear more than a dozen derailed train cars in southern Wisconsin after hundreds of gallons of crude oil spilled from one tanker.

Watertown fire chief Gregory Michalek said Monday that residents who evacuated dozens of homes following the spill a day earlier cannot yet return home as cleanup continues.

Thirteen of 110 cars derailed in Watertown Sunday afternoon, the second derailment in Wisconsin in as many days. Federal investigators say there is nothing to suggest the Watertown derailment was anything but an accident.

A BNSF freight train derailed Saturday, spilling more than 18,000 gallons of ethanol near Alma in western Wisconsin, near the Mississippi River. BNSF said railroad crews stopped the leaks from five tanker cars and placed containment booms along the shoreline

Fire officials plan to re-evaluate the situation in Watertown Monday evening and decide if residents can return home.