Laramie, WY – Crews are working to remove a train that crashed into the Wind River and along its bank and clean up the diesel fuel, barley and aggregate clay that spilled.
Two locomotives and four freight cars derailed Wednesday when the train hit a boulder on the track south of Thermopolis.
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Emergency Response Coordinator Joe Hunter said Thursday the amount of diesel spilled is not known but could be 3,500 to 5,000 gallons. Railroad crews are using vacuums and absorption pads to try to clean up the fuel.
Hunter says environmental effects of the spill will be minimal because the fast-moving water is dispersing the diesel as it washes downstream.
Crews are also vacuuming up barley and aggregate clay from the river bank.