A leaking railcar dumped dangerous phosphoric acid across at least 11 Iowa counties over the weekend. Kathy Lee, of the D-N-R emergency response, says the tracks bisect the state, running along or near Highway 30. The leak started near Cedar Rapids and the train went all the way to Council Bluffs before it was discovered. Lee says it’s unclear how much acid leaked out of the rolling railcar.There aren’t large amounts of acid. It ranges from a small trickle down the tracks to a fine spray along the right-of-way. About a thousand-gallons was dumped at the Council Bluffs railyard. People are supposed to stay away from railroad tracks anyway, but Lee says those who did come in contact with the contaminated rails may want to take precautions. No injuries are reported. People who drove their cars or farm machinery across the tracks will want to wash them thoroughly. Same goes for hunters who had dogs with them as they crossed the tracks. Counties effected are: Linn, Benton, Tama, Marshall, Story, Boone, Greene, Carroll, Crawford, Harrison and Pottawattamie.
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