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.
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.