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Train derails and leaks fuel in Salt Lake City

Posted - Aug. 3, 2010 at 12:04 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY -- Fire officials say a train engine derailed Tuesday morning in Salt Lake City and punctured a hole in the gas tank.

Emergency crews are in the area of 1820 North and Beck Street where the first of two engines on a Union Pacific train has gone off the tracks. The engine remains upright but the fuel storage devices were punctured and the engine is leaking fuel.

The tank leaked about 1,400 gallons of diesel fuel on the ground. Crews were quick to respond and all but about 20 gallons have been cleaned up.

The Salt Lake City Fire Department is on scene and crews have set up a perimeter in case of fire, but that doesn't appear to be an immediate danger at this point.

The incident is contained to the rail yards and is not affecting travel on nearby surface streets.

Stay tuned to KSL.com, KSL Newsradio 102.7FM/1160AM and KSL TV for the latest updates.

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