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The Latest: Diesel fuel disappeared after Vermont derailment

October 6, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The latest on the derailment of an Amtrak train in Vermont (all times local):

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4:35 p.m.

The Vermont governor’s office says about 900 gallons of diesel fuel remains unaccounted for following the derailment of an Amtrak train.

But hazardous materials experts say they have not detected any sheen on the water in the small stream below where the locomotive that was pulling the Amtrak Vermonter on Monday came to rest.

The locomotive was carrying about 1,300 gallons of diesel fuel. A fuel leak was plugged shortly after it was detected and the tanks were then pumped out.

It’s unclear how much of the missing 900 gallons escaped and how much is caught in the fuel tank.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is continuing to monitoring the situation.

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4:25 p.m.

The head of Amtrak says special fences are used to protect railroad tracks from rock slides in some parts of the country.

But CEO Joseph Boardman says it’s unclear if the mechanisms could have prevented a derailment that injured seven people in Vermont on Monday.

The fences are installed in known rock-slide areas and are designed to send signals if they are hit with debris, Boardman said Tuesday.

Boardman said slide fences are used in parts of New York, but Vermont transportation officials said it’s not believed that any are in the state.

Boardman says the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the derailment.

He says once investigators have officially determined the cause they could make recommendations for preventing similar derailments in the future.

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The head of Amtrak says all those injured when a passenger train hit a rock in Vermont are out of the hospital.

Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman made the comments Tuesday, one day after the derailment in Northfield, about 15 miles south of Montpelier, sent the locomotive and a passenger coach down an embankment.

Boardman and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin say heavy equipment is on the site to clear the tracks.

The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting the investigation into the cause.

It’s hoped the line can be reopened to Amtrak by the weekend. Meanwhile, Amtrak passengers in Vermont are being carried by bus to and from Springfield, Massachusetts.

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