FINLEY, Wash.-- An estimated 200 gallons of diesel was leaked along BNSF tracks with nine gallons of diesel into the Columbia River, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.
The Department of Ecology has been on the scene Monday morning, monitoring a spill spanning across 9-miles of Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks, or BNSF.
Officials reported the spill, between Pasco to Finley, was because of a mechanical issue with the train and caused the train the lose about 600 gallons of diesel total.
Officials say 200 gallons was lost along the track with an additional 400 after the train was stopped in Finley.
The Washington Department of Ecology is estimating the river spill to be about 9-gallons, they say they're basing that estimation off the total amount of diesel that was spilled while the train was moving.
Officials plan to launch a boat once the sun rises to asses the impact the spill has had on the river.