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3 engines, 7 cars on BNSF train derail in Yakima County after semi-truck crash

The freight train was hit by a semi-truck with a piece of farm equipment on it about two miles east of Mabton, according to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office.

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. — Three engines and seven cars of a BNSF train derailed in Yakima County after a semi-truck crash on Wednesday morning, authorities said. 

The freight train derailed at State Route 22 and Phillips Road, about two miles east of the small town of Mabton, when it was hit by a semi-truck with a piece of farm equipment on it, the Yakima County Sheriff's Office said in a tweet. Deputies notified the Washington State Patrol and BNSF Railway, along with the state Department of Ecology. 

At least two of the train engines leaked diesel fuel onto the ground, according to a tweet from the Department of Ecology. Oil and diesel did not spill into a waterway.

The railroad tracks are in a rural area of Yakima County next to a cornfield, the Department of Ecology said. Vacuum trucks were pumping the remaining diesel out of the train engines' tanks as of 2:50 p.m. before crews focused on removing pooled oil and fuel from the ground. 

The sheriff's office reported "minimal injuries" in a previous tweet, adding later that it will take a few days to clean up the derailment site. 

The derailment comes one day after a tanker train hauling crude oil derailed north of Seattle and two train cars burst into flames. Residents were ordered to leave the area but evacuations have since been lifted.

There were no injuries reported and the cause of the derailment is under investigation.

KING 5 staff members contributed to this report. 

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