MADRAS, OR -- A cargo train has derailed just North of Madras, near Gateway.
Gus Melonas from BNSF says the engineer noticed rocks on the track and went into emergency braking around 2:30 this morning. The train struck the rocks and the wheels were lifted off the tracks. He says 5 engines are derailed along with one railroad car. All the engines and rail cars are still upright.
Some diesel fuel has spilled from one of the engines, but hasn't gone near Trout Creek, and environmental agencies and protocol are being utilized to minimize any harm.
Melonas says the tracks are being repaired and the boulders removed. Equipment is being transported from Pasco, Washington, to lift the train back onto the tracks. The route will be closed for 24 hours.
There were no injuries and vehicle traffic in the area is not affected.