Train derails south of Thermopolis
Laramie, WY – A locomotive has fallen into the Wind River after hitting a boulder south of Thermopolis. The crew survived but diesel is leaking into the river.
Burlington Northern-Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says the freight train hit a boulder about the size of a pickup truck just after noon Wednesday. The accident took place about 5 miles south of Thermopolis.
Melonas says the company is moving equipment to the site to remove the partially submerged locomotive. He says the two crew members were taken to a local
Hot Springs County Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Gordon says the town of Thermopolis has shut down its municipal water system intakes from the river because of the diesel spill.