Leaking tank car had Hwy. 10 closed at Prescott
A leaking rail car along Hwy. 10 on the Minnesota side of the Hwy. 10 bridge prompted closure of the road at St. Croix Trail and downtown Prescott Wednesday afternoon.
The incident was first reported to Pierce County authorities by a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe train crew about 4 p.m.
A crewman said the 76th car on the eastbound freight was leaking fluid and they were requesting a response by the Prescott Fire Department.
When a responding officer discovered the car in question was actually on the Minnesota side of the bridge, the Hastings Fire Department was called to assist.
Around 4:40 p.m., traffic was being stopped on the Wisconsin side of the Hwy. 10 bridge and at St. Croix Trail on the Minnesota side.
A RiverTown reporter near the scene said the tank car is visibly buckled but no fluid could been seen leaking from the nearby road. Firefighters in protective gear were examining the scene.
Ethylene glycol is primarily used in the manufacture of automotive antifreeze/coolant. It is the primary ingredient in airplane deicers.
Ethylene glycol is also used in hydraulic brake fluids, electrolytic condensers, as solvents in paints and plastics, in inks, as a softening agent in cellophane, and in the manufacture of plastics, solvents, synthetic fibers and waxes.
It is only slightly flammable and reactive but is hazardous if touched and poison if ingested.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.