Train derailment near Yakima River bridge in Richland

train derailment

RICHLAND, Wash. — Crews are responding to a BNSF train derailment Friday afternoon along SR 240 between Columbia Park Trail and the Yakima River bridge.

Richland Fire Chief Tom Huntington said nine train cars derailed shortly after 4 p.m. The cars had been carrying about 900 tons of grain.

No passengers were on board and no one was injured.

The train cars are not blocking traffic, but two outside lanes of SR 240 eastbound have been blocked off for crews to get through to the crash site. The intersection of Columbia Park Trail and Steptoe Street was also closed.

The Department of Ecology and BNSF were heading to the scene. Huntington said the crash could take days to clean up.

No word on what caused the train to derail.