PASCO -- A railroad official says several cars have derailed in a switching yard and thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical spilled.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says the train was moving at less than 5 mph in the Pasco yard when seven cars went off the tracks about 5 p.m. Sunday.
He said a valve on a tanker car was damaged, causing
the leak. By 9:30 p.m. about 12,500 gallons of hydrochloric acid had spilled.
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Melonas said there were no injuries.
He said officials have determined there is no threat to the public with the spill occurring in a remote area of the yard, far away from any homes or businesses.