Fuel spill in Defiance County being cleaned up

DEFIANCE COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) - The cleanup continues in Defiance following a fuel spill from the engine of a train that occurred at the railroad tracks near Krause Road and County Road 424.

Emergency management officials say 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled. Now their main concern is Stevens Creek, which is only about a mile away and leads to the Maumee River.

The spill was discovered early Monday morning around 1 a.m. Defiance Emergency Management Director Julie Rittenhouse says in addition to the cleanup a special material has been placed at two nearby locations to absorb the diesel.

“The train had been sitting there stationary from what I was told,” said Rittenhouse. “When the new crew arrived on scene they noticed an odor and notified CSX right away.”

Rittenhouse says there are no concerns for the nearby residents, businesses or creek and everything is under control.

“They're removing all the contaminated soil and they will end up back filling along the ditch bank,” said Rittenhouse.

Cleanup of this diesel fuel spill is expected to be finished by the end of the week. At this time it's not known how this spill occurred. CSX railroad officials could not be reached for comment.

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