EASTON, Maine — Officials with the Maine, Montreal & Atlantic Railway and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection were cleaning up Monday after a five-car train derailment in Easton.
The train derailed off Station Road at around 4 p.m. Sunday, according to Samantha DePoy-Warren, Maine DEP spokesperson. One of the cars was carrying lumber, and the other four were hauling No. 2 fuel oil.
Barbara Parker, director of response services for the DEP, who was at the scene of the cleanup Monday evening, said DEP staff from Bangor and Presque Isle were drilling into the sides of the overturned cars to transfer the fuel oil into tanker trucks.
“Each car holds 23,000 gallons of fuel, and we estimate that approximately 10 or 15 gallons might have spilled,” she said. “We have pumped out the fuel from 3½ cars right now, and we will return here tomorrow to pump out the rest. MMA will be bringing in a crane to hoist the remaining cars up so that we can drain out the rest of the fuel.”
Parker said MMA officials were not exactly sure what caused the derailment, but they suspect that wheels under one of the boxcars didn’t turn properly, which caused the car to jump the track and take the rest of the cars with it.
Depoy-Warren said there were no bodies of water nearby.
Firefighters from Easton and Presque Isle worked at the scene.