Leaking rail car causes evacuations in Borger

Shortly after 4 pm, Borger emergency personnel arrived on scene to the downtown rail yard on South Main Street, after reports of a leaking rail car.

While crews assessed the scene, the decision was made to evacuate the businesses closest in proximity out of an abundance of caution. In addition, parts of Main and Hedgecoke Streets were also temporarily closed. 

Through preliminary investigation, it was understood that the rail car contained Butadiene.

The leak itself was classified as a minor event by emergency crews. However, they continued to monitor the area for an additional amount of time to ensure the air quality readings continued to be clear. 

By 6:24 pm, the evacuations were lifted and the roads were opened. 

The Federal Railroad Administration is the investigating authority.

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