BNSF Bakken Crude Derailment, Seattle

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The state Department of Ecology (Ecology), Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and BNSF Railway (BNSF) are responding to an oil train derailment near the Magnolia Bridge in Seattle that occurred at approximately 2 a.m.

Ecology was notified of the incident at 3:11 a.m. and was initially informed there were no hazardous materials involved in the incident.  At 7:30 a.m. Ecology learned that the derailment also involved tank cars full of Bakken crude oil and immediate sent responders to the incident scene.

No release of crude oil or hazardous materials has resulted from the derailment. BNSF is working to upright the train cars and remove them. The tank cars carry an estimated 28,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil each. Ecology is on site overseeing the precautionary measures (cleanup preparation, and an oil containment boom has been placed around a nearby stormwater outfall to Puget Sound). Air monitoring is being performed to ensure the safety of responders and the public.

More information about the derailments will be provided as soon as it becomes available.




Date of Incident:
July 24, 2014

Seattle, WA

Bakken Crude Oil

Train derailment

Responsible Party:




Lisa Copeland
Spills Communications Manager
Department of Ecology