Firefighters were able to stop a crude oil leak that was seeping from a train car Friday evening onto the tracks in north Pine Bluff.

Firefighters were able to stop a crude oil leak that was seeping from a train car Friday evening onto the tracks in north Pine Bluff.

No one was injured. The material was not dangerous to any neighboring residences or businesses and an evacuation was not needed, said Lt. Harold Clark, spokesman for the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department.

Union Pacific officials detected the leak and called 9-1-1 at 4:35 p.m. The leaking car was stopped at Sturgis Road near Johnson Metal Recyclers.

Clark said that when firefighters arrived at the scene, the leak was coming from a valve on top of the train car at a rate of about 5 gallons a minute. The train carís sides were streaked with the liquid, and the fumes were strong in the area.

Engines Six and Four arrived on the scene and identified the substance and contained the situation until the departmentís hazardous materials specialists arrived.

Capt. James Jackson and Capt. Mark Fallis head up the departmentís hazardous materials team, and together they climbed to the top of the tanker and stopped the leak while Union Pacificís hazardous materials team were still traveling to the scene and were about 45 minutes away.

Clark said Friday evening after the leak had been stopped that firefighters would stay on the scene until UPís hazardous materials team arrived and could take over. There were no officials with UP on the scene who were authorized to speak to the media.