Whatcom County has ordered everyone within a half mile of downtown Custer to evacuate while first responders work to contain the area, after a train carrying crude oil derailed around 11:40 a.m. Tuesday.
First the confirmation of the accident by BNSF
BNSF is working with local authorities to assess and mitigate the situation. The cause of the incident is under investigation. Our first priority is dealing with any safety issues. We will provide additional details as they become available. (2/2)— BNSF Railway (@BNSFRailway) December 22, 2020
And here the evacuation oder for Custer, WA
Train derailment in the Custer area. Please evacuate if you are within 1/2 mile of downtown Custer for your safety and the safety of responders. There is a large response for a fire. Grandview and Main Street are closed at Portal Way.— Whatcom County Gov (@Whatcomctygov) December 22, 2020
Three to five of the train’s tank cars have fully derailed and some are on fire, sending giant plumes of smoke in the sky.
In Custer’s downtown, both Grandview and Main Street have been closed at Portal Way, as officials try to keep residents away from the crash site.
🚧 I-5 is CLOSED between Grandview Road and Birch Bay Lynden Road.— WSDOT North Traffic (@wsdot_north) December 22, 2020
– SR 548 (Grandview) will take you along the west side to/from Blaine. I'd recommend exiting early to avoid the backup at the closure point.
– SR 539 will take you to the east side to/from Lynden area pic.twitter.com/gd4FnGo4Xv
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