Portland responds to Toluene spill from railcar


HMN-Portland Fire and Rescue evacuated residents near the scene of a toluene leak that originated from a rail car. (OregonLive)

Several blocks of U.S. 30 in Northwest Portland were closed for several hours Tuesday after a rail car began leaking toluene, a flammable liquid used as a solvent.

A Portland Fire & Rescue HazMat team responded around 2:45 p.m. to the leaking rail car near Northwest 25th Avenue and U.S. 30, also known as Northwest Yeon Avenue. Crews closed U.S. 30 between Kittridge Avenue and 35th Avenue and evacuated some people from buildings in the area.

Toluene is a “respiratory irritant” and should be avoided, according to Portland Fire & Rescue.

The fire department announced the leak was stopped a little before 5 p.m. The road was reopen for traffic a little more than 45 minutes later.

No injuries have been reported.

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