The derailment of a chlorine car on the west edge of North Platte on April 22 has railroad employees on high alert and may have been a factor Monday in a false alarm of a chemical spill at Bailey Yard. Witnesses told the Bulletin that a yard worker saw a discharge coming from a tank car and overreacted.
The sirens at the yards were sounded and text messages circulated.
It turned out that the tank car is one that is designed to vent automatically and posed no danger.
On April 22, a derailed tank car loaded with liquid chlorine laid on its side most of the day in the west part of North Platte.
The car hit an automatic derailer around 6:20 a.m. that is designed to derail cars that travel too far east. It rolled onto its side just east of the Buffalo Bill overpass along Front St., near homes and businesses.
The car, which weighed more than 125 tons, did not leak. It was re-set upright in middle of the afternoon.
The chlorine car came off the classification hump nearly two miles west. It was switched onto an empty classification track, and it rolled on through the bowl, failing to stop for an unknown reason, and kept rolling east until it derailed.