Train derails near Perry

Multiple agencies have responded to a train derailment near Perry.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: September 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm •  Published: September 27, 2012

— Crews are cleaning up after a train derailed Thursday near Perry, spilling hazardous chemicals including antifreeze and fatty acid.

Perry Fire Chief Wayne Ennons said 18 cars derailed from a rail line that runs along U.S. 77 about four miles northeast of Perry.

The train derailed about 10:05 a.m. No one was injured, but several of the cars overturned and spilled their contents including some hazardous materials, Ennons said.

Raquel Espinoza, spokeswoman for Union Pacific Railroad, said the rail line belongs to BNSF Railway, but the train is owned by Union Pacific.

“There were three tank cars that released some of their contents,” Espinoza said.

The leaking tanks were carrying a flammable antifreeze, hydrogen peroxide and fatty acid.

Ennons said emergency workers and rail crews stopped the leaking tanks and were working to raise the cars back onto the track and clean up the area.

Espinoza said she doesn't know how fast the train was going when it derailed. The two rail companies will conduct a joint investigation into the accident, but it could take weeks or months to determine the cause.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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