Multnomah County

Leaking rail car contained, Yeon Avenue reopens

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A leaking rail car closed Northwest Yeon Avenue -- also known as Highway 30 -- for a few hours Tuesday afternoon.

Officials had to evacuate some nearby buildings and also shut down Yeon Avenue between Kittridge Avenue and 35th Avenue. The roads reopened around 5:30 p.m.

Portland Fire said the rail car was leaking Toluene --  a colorless, water-insoluble liquid that smells like paint thinners. It's also flammable in high concentrations. 

Officials added that Toluene is a respiratory irritant and contact with it should be avoided. 

During the hazmat incident, people were asked to avoid the area and remain indoors unless told to evacuate by fire crews.

Nick Chervinka is an employee at Convoy Supply, which was evacuated Tuesday afternoon due to the leaking rail car.

"It wasn't expected," he said. "Never thought something like that could happen. We were just working. We had to drop everything and got outside."

The HazMat team is on scene and was able to stop the leak shortly before 5 p.m. 


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