Canadian National Railway says oil spills after train derails in U.S.

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Posted: Jul 03, 2017 5:04 AM

(Reuters) - Canadian National Railway Co said about 20,000 gallons of oil was released following a freight train derailment at Plainfield, the U.S. state of Illinois on Friday, according to a filing with state pollution regulators.

The cause of the derailment was unknown, a filing with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency said on Saturday.

Local media reports estimated the spill to be 45,000 gallons.

The incident occurred when 20 cars of a Canadian National Railway Co freight train, carrying crude for Exxon Mobil Corp to Louisiana, went off the tracks, the Chicago Tribune said in a report on Saturday, quoting officials.

"No one was injured in the derailment. Officials confirmed that oil leaked from two of the cars on the Canadian National freight train, and a possible third car was leaking oil," the report added. (Source: http://trib.in/2uAFObw)

According to a report on the news website of Northwest Herald, most of the derailed cars were cleared by Saturday and the rest were expected to be removed from the site by Sunday.

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Cleanup operations of the spilled crude was expected to take a few days, the report said. (Source: http://bit.ly/2t846vY)

(Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala in Bengaluru; Editing by Edmund Blair)