BEND, OR -- A fuel spill from a Burlington Northern freight train around 11:30 on Tuesday forced the closure of two railroad crossings, tying up traffic across Bend. Deschutes County Sheriff's officers, Bend Police and Bend Fire crews worked with BNSF to clean up the spill.
Olney and Revere avenues re-opened at about 2 p.m., but Greenwood remained closed for several more hours. Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad officials are now investigating the incident as possible sabotage. Gus Malones says a rail was found next to the tracks, and investigators believe it ruptured the train's fuel tank. The train was travelling from Prineville to Bend and spilled 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel after the tank ruptured. The train did not derail. Malones says train traffic resumed a few hours later.
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