Wendover Canyon Derailment

Guernsey, WY - Region VIII

 

Site Contact:

Martin Mccomb
On-Scene Coordinator

mccomb.martin@epa.gov

Guernsey, WY 82214
response.epa.gov/WendoverCanyonDerailment

Latitude: 42.3471846
Longitude: -104.8981592

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On February 4, 2019 two BNSF trains transporting coal collided in a remote canyon of the North Platte River near Guernsey, Wyoming in Platte County. Three locomotives and four coal cars derailed and as a result of the accident a mixture of diesel and oil was discharged from the locomotives into the North Platte River. The river is at low flow and currently, the icy conditions have limited impacts to the river to a few hundred yards downstream of the accident.

Water from an upstream reservoir was shut off to reduce flow in the river and boom has been deployed in two locations just downstream of the accident site and a third booming location has been established 2.5 miles downstream. Both the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and USEPA deployed On-Scene Coordinators to the incident to provide oversight and coordinate an environmental assessment and response activities.


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