As per Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick, approximately two of the cars were found to be leaking, however no fires were there as of around 11 pm Central Time and there are no reports of injuries.
The oil that was spilled is contained and BNSF environmental responders are on scene, Jones said.
Jones would not provide the train’s destination.
Officials say that several BNSF box cars came off the tracks at about 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time, but did not tip over. BNSF estimates the track will reopen mid-day Thursday. The cause of the derailment is now being investigated. No one was hurt.
Passengers are experiencing lengthy delays, in some cases as much as 12 hours, Magliari said.
The derailment delayed Amtrak service throughout the night and it’s not known when that service will resume.
It’s the latest in a series of recent oil train accidents across North America, including a 2013 derailment in Quebec that killed 47 people.
Firefighters who responded to the derailment with the Culbertson Fire Department had completed hazardous materials training about a month ago due to the increase in oil shipments and other rail traffic in the area, said volunteer firefighter Travis Northington. The derailed cars are being evaluated for any possible compromises.
Authorities said three rail cars are leaking crude Friday.
Both derailments were within about 50 miles of Williston, N.D.