Police: Freight train derails in Fall River's North End, spilling diesel fuel

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FALL RIVER — A Mass Coastal freight train carrying hazardous cargo hit a fallen tree and jumped the tracks in Fall River's North End on Monday night, police said.

Reports came in shortly before 7:30 p.m., according to a statement by Fall River police spokesman Capt. Barden Castro. The train was traveling at low speed south on a rail line that runs parallel to North Main Street when it struck a tree that had fallen on the tracks, Castro said.

The train became derailed but remained upright, Castro stated, near North Main and Clark streets, near Captain O'Connell boat yard.

A train derailed in Fall River's North End on Monday night, causing a fuel spill.
A train derailed in Fall River's North End on Monday night, causing a fuel spill.

The train's diesel fuel tank became ruptured and began leaking fuel, with police and fire responding to the scene. The hazardous cargo remained intact, Castro said, and there was no environmental danger beyond the spilled fuel.

"Due to the leaking diesel fuel an environmental clean-up company has been contacted," Castro stated.

Police said the 18,000-gallon fuel tank is being emptied before the train is set back on the rails.

No one was injured in the incident.

This article originally appeared on The Herald News: Freight train derails in Fall River, spilling diesel fuel