WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US hazardous materials (HAZMAT) experts are investigating the train crash that spilled 35,000 gallons of crude oil near Culbertson, Montana, Department of Transportation spokesperson Artealia Gilliard said in a statement on Friday.
“Thursday evening a BNSF train transporting crude oil derailed near Culbertson, Montana,” the statement said. “Local first responders are on site, and investigators from the US Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are on the scene.”
So far, US officials have not offered any explanation as to what caused the derailment.
The crash came almost two months comes after a pipeline leaked 21,000 gallons of crude oil from Refugio State Beach, California into the Pacific Ocean on May 19.
In February 2015, two other oil transportation trains derailed, bursting into flames in West Virginia and rural Ontario, Canada.
The crashes caused public concern and renewed a debate about the safety of US oil rail traffic, and numerous elected officials have called for action to be taken.