Tank cars leak 35,000 gallons of oil after train derailment in Montana

07/17/2015 // JusticeNewsFlash // (press release)

Montana – A train derailment in Montana caused approximately 35,000 gallons of oil to spill from a train that was hauling crude from North Dakota, the Associated Press reported. The incident has sparked new concerns over the recent string of train crashes that have occurred across the United States.

There were no reports of injuries in the recent accident; however, homes that were within a 1-mile radius of the site were evacuated. Michael Turnbull of the U.S. Department of Transportation reportedly stated in correspondence to Montana's Public Service Commission that the spill was contained by a hazardous-materials team.

In accordance with regulations enacted in April, oil that is transported from North Dakota must go through a special treatment process so that the chances of an explosion are reduced. Whether the shipment in the train crash had been treated was not clear at the time of the report.

No information about what caused the train to derail has been provided in initial reports.

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