More than 1,000 gallons of fuel spill into creek running into Tennessee River

Norfolk Southern identified as source of petroleum leak into Citico Creek

More than 1,000 gallons of fuel were spilled at Citico Creek.

More than 1,000 gallons of fuel spilled from Norfolk Southern Railway's deButts Yard into Citico Creek on Monday evening, with a portion of the petroleum pouring into the Tennessee River, according to city and state officials.

The railroad company took responsibility for the spill and is working to minimize its impact, according to a news release from Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner. In a statement to the Times Free Press, Norfolk Southern wrote that it had reason to believe the oil may have come from a Norfolk Southern property, but the company is still investigating the cause and source of the release.

"Right now, it is a cleanup operation on our end to make sure the site is contained as much as possible," Garner said.