Apr 20, 2011 12:24 PM by Greg Boyce
The BNSF Railroad reports the train with the tanker problem was stopped, heading north to Denver when a southbound train crew noticed fumes coming from a tanker car. That happened around 1 a.m.
The first crew confirmed the leak and then started hazardous materials procedures. Under federal rules they could not move the train once a leak has been discovered.
BNSF is bringing in a monitoring company which will check air quality in an around the Monument area. This will help determine the boundaries of the evacuation area.
A wax coating has been placed on the damaged tanker car which has significantly slowed the leak. Next a magnetic patch will be placed over the leak which should stop it entirely. After that the hydrochloric acid will be moved to another container, a process that could take up to 10 hours.