City workers rush to contain spill

Arkansas City Traveler – April 7, 2014

City workers rushed late Sunday night and early Monday morning to contain a gasoline spill after a locomotive engine apparently was punctured by a railing, according to police scanner reports.

The accident happened on the BNSF tracks north of Kan-Pak. It forced the closure of South Summit Street for at least an hour.

The Ark City Fire-EMS Department handled much of the initial cleanup work, with city crews assisting with a backhoe and a dump truck filled with sand.

Workers with shovels hastened to build an emergency dam downstream from the spill so it could not reach the river.

The Kansas Department of Transportation and BNSF also were notified.

Emergency personnel were on the scene from 11:26 p.m. Sunday until 1:20 a.m. Monday.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster