Clean-up continues from derailed train

Smoke billows from a Union Pacific oil train derailment in Mosier, seen facing west from the Rock Creek Overpass entering town.

Patrick Mulvilhill, Hood River News
Smoke billows from a Union Pacific oil train derailment in Mosier, seen facing west from the Rock Creek Overpass entering town.



— A total of 42,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a train car derailment last Friday, Oregon State Department of Transportation officials said this afternoon.

The 96-car train was carrying Bakken crude oil and 16 cars derailed, officials said. Four of the tankers caught fire and it took crews more than 12 hours to extinguish the blaze.

There were no injuries and no structures were lost.

Oil recovery includes 10,000 gallons from the town wastewater system, and the remaining 32,000 gallons were either burned off and vaporized, captured by booms in the Columbia River, or absorbed by soil, with an undetermined amount remaining in wastewater lines.

Thirteen cars remain at the crash site, located near Interstate 84, two have been fully pumped, officials said. The remaining 11 are in the process of having oil transferred to tanker trucks and transported to The Dalles, Ore.

A short-term fix has allowed operations to continue on the city's wastewater treatment plant, which is now operating and allowed an evacuation to be lifted Saturday.



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