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Tow truck crashes into train car near Tenino (WA)

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A tow truck hauling a semitrailer crashed into a stationary train car near Tenino Wednesday night, causing minor injuries to the driver and a diesel spill, authorities say.


The driver of the tow truck said he was driving down a hill on Blumauer Road Southeast and lost the ability to brake, Thurston County Sheriff’s Lt. Ray Brady told The Olympian. The truck went across Crowder Road Southeast and hit a parked train car that was sitting on a storage track.


Thurston County 911 dispatch said the incident happened around 11:50 p.m.


The train car was leaning over into the area of an active track, so train traffic was stopped on the active track for a short period of time until BNSF Railway employees could arrive and evaluate, Brady said. Another active track remained open.


The tow-truck driver sustained minor injuries, and there was a fuel spill from the semitrailer’s diesel tank, Brady said. The state Department of Ecology was advised of the spill.



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