News Release 145

Grundy County train derailment results in 1,200 gallon diesel fuel release; Department of Natural Resources to oversee cleanup

Volume 38-144 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 22, 2010 – A rail yard train derailment in Grundy County Sunday resulted in the release of an estimated 1,200 gallons of diesel fuel, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Union Pacific Railroad officials contacted the department Sunday afternoon to report a train derailment in the rail yard in Trenton, with an estimated 1,200 gallons of diesel fuel released from the overturned engine.

The department dispatched an environmental emergency responder from its Northeast Regional Office in Macon, who confirmed that the release was contained by an earthen berm at the site. Department staff will return to the site today to oversee the cleanup of the release.

The department’s environmental emergency responders are called to the scene of more than 300 emergencies each year, including fires, traffic accidents, leaking storage tanks and other incidents that could have a negative environmental impact. The department’s 24-hour spill line receives more than 1,600 incident reports annually.

To report an environmental emergency please contact the spill line at 573-634-2436. For more information contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443, or visit the department's Web page at