Oil Train Explosion and Derailment in Oregon

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A Union Pacific oil train derailed and exploded in flames along the Columbia River this afternoon (June 3). The train was carrying Bakken Crude oil to Tacoma, Washington when it jumped the tracks and caught fire, ending plumes of thick black smoke into the air.

The derailment involved an 8 car train, and one car is on fire at this writing.

The largest issue however, is that the derailment occurred near the banks of the Columbia, which is one of the most widely utilized rivers in the West, both for cargo routes and recreational fishing.

The incident occurred near Mosier, which is a relatively small town on the Oregon side of the River. Officials have evacuated local schools.

In January of this year, the oil company that runs the rail terminal, Global Partners, had a major stock crash and layoffs.

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