Train derails, spills fertilizer in Finley

Neighbors in Finely had a scare when a Union Pacific train derailed, spilling it's contents near Perkins Road at 12:20pm on Monday.

Three cars were involved. One of the cars tipped over, emptying a white substance. Some thought it was a hazardous material, but after an investigation firefighters determined it was solid fertilizer.

"It's solid, there's no wind. It's not going anywhere, water and rain will not cause any sort of hazard," said Tracy Baker with Benton County Fire District 1.

Baker said the substance is nitrate of some sort, but it is not hazardous to the people or animals in the area. 

It is still not known what caused the car to tip over and derail. There were no injuries.

Baker said Union Pacific and the Department of Ecology perform the clean up. It should be done in a day or two.

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