BNSF Railway reopens track at oil spill site in northwest Iowa

BNSF Railway reopens track at oil spill site in northwest Iowa
A BNSF train derailed early Friday near Doon, north of Sioux City, Iowa, dumping tar sands oil into floodwaters (The Associated Press)

DOON, Iowa (AP) — BNSF Railway says it has reopened a track where 32 tank cars derailed, spilling thousands of gallons of crude oil in northwest Iowa.

Spokesman Andy Williams said a train ran down the repaired line near Doon around 10 p.m. Monday.

An estimated 230,000 gallons of crude oil spilled Saturday into floodwaters of the Little Rock River from 14 of the cars. Williams said much of the oil spilled was contained to a small triangular area between the track and two roads. Hazardous materials and environmental experts are using skimmers to recover additional oil.

City and water district officials downstream in Iowa and Nebraska have been assured by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that the oil will be contained before reaching the Missouri River at Sioux City, Iowa.

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