Railroad locomotive leaks diesel into Seward rail yard

Posted: Tuesday, May 07, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska Railroad locomotive leaked about 500 gallons of diesel fuel in the Seward rail yard this week.

The leak was discovered by railroad crew about 2:30n p.m. Monday.

The locomotive was scheduled to haul freight to Anchorage, but it was left in place to stop the leak and begin cleanup, said railroad spokesman Patrick Flynn.

The fuel went into the gravel, according to Flynn. He said there doesn't appear to be any significant risk to the environment at this time.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said the leak was caused by a crack in a fuel filter.

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