Reward Offered in Tulsa Derailment

Dec 14, 2013

A new automobile peeks out of an uprighted rail car from Friday's derailment.
Credit KWGS News

The Burlington Northern Railway is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Friday's train derailment in Tulsa. The incident caused millions of dollars worth of damage to engines, rail cars, track and cargo. The train was loaded with new automobiles.

No injuries were reported after a freight train derailed in Tulsa, sending about 20 railcars off the track.

Authorities say the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed early Friday in north Tulsa. Tulsa Fire Department spokesman Stan May says none of the cars contained hazardous materials. He says the train was hauling vehicles, food products and other items.

Officials say a hazardous materials team is cleaning up a diesel spill caused by the derailment. Burlington Northern says the fuel leak does not pose a threat to the community.

The derailment is expected to cause delays in the morning commute because several railroad crossings are closed.