Ethanol spills in Pasco rail yard accident

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PASCO, Wash. (AP) -- An ethanol spill in a Pasco rail switchyard is contained for cleanup.

Franklin County Fire District 3 Chief Les Litzenberger says as much as 30,000 gallons of the fuel additive could have spilled when a tanker car derailed and was punctured. Burlington Northern Santa Fe estimated the spill at 2,000 gallons.

Litzenberger says workers at three businesses have been evacuated during the cleanup work.

Railroad spokesman Gus Melonas says two trains collided in the yard about 3:40 a.m. derailing two locomotives and a dozen cars.

Some corn syrup also spilled, but Litzenberger says cool temperatures are keeping it from flowing.

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