A BNSF unit train carrying crude oil derailed adjacent to the Galena River on March 5, 2015. Several cars containing crude oil erupted in fire and released product to the ground. The confluence of the Galena River and Harris Slough of the Mississippi River is adjacent to the derailment site.
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EPA OSCs, START contractors, and IMT support staff deployed to coordinate response efforts. The response effort was managed by an Incident Management Team under a Unified Command comprising of U.S. EPA Region 5, Illinois EPA, Jo Daviess County Emergency Management Agency, and BNSF Railway.
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