Globeville residents worried after train crashes in Burlington Northern Railroad yard in Denver
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DENVER - Residents say they're worried after a train crashed through a maintenance building in the Burlington Northern Railroad yard near Globeville neighborhood homes on Tuesday morning.
The rail yard is located on Sherman Street, between E. 44th and 45th avenues, in Denver.
Officials say crews were doing a switching move at about 5:30 a.m. when four cars derailed. All the train cars remained upright.
Tracks lead into the service building but the train continued through the back of the building, pushing a piece of equipment called a jet blower ahead of it. A jet blower is used to clear snow and ice from railroad switches during the winter, and was being stored in the building.
Fortunately, no one was hurt.
Andy Williams, a BNSF spokesman, said the cars should not have been in that shed in the first place.
"That track is designed to bring maintenance equipment down to the shed to be work on or repaired," said Williams. "They should not have been on that track at all. We are investigating the cause. We are working with the (Federal Railroad Administration) and we will take steps to make sure that this doesn’t happen again."
The Federal Railroad Administration is investigating the wreck.
BNSF officials say they're still cleaning up about 30 gallons of diesel that leaked from a piece of equipment that was hit.
Residents say they're worried about that spill and their safety. All four train cars were filled with highly flammable ethanol.
"I thought it was an explosion, sounded like a bomb or something," said Julian Montoya. "If it wouldn't have been for that (concrete) channel that's in there, it would have went right through the houses."
People wanted answers at a Tuesday night community meeting organized by City Councilwoman Judy Montero with officials from Denver police and fire and BNSF.
"Is there gasoline? What should we be worried about dangers?" a man asked officials.
Neighbors say they're concerned about their safety and emergency notification.
"An opportunity was missed here," said Montero. "We need to work out a safety plan and improve communication with the railway."
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