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27 rail cars off tracks in eastern Oregon train derailment

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A train derailment in eastern Oregon knocked 27 rail cars off the tracks early Wednesday morning.

It happened at 1:45 a.m. on the north side of Highway 203 east of La Grande in Union County. Emergency responders identified at least two tankers containing hazardous materials.

As a precaution, some people in the area were evacuated.

Emergency crews and Union Pacific Railroad representatives later determined no significant hazardous material leaked as a result of the derailment. Some of the rail cars overturned, while others remained upright.

The situation led to the closure of an eight-mile stretch of Highway 203 for several hours.

The cause of the derailment has not yet been released. There are no reports of any injuries.

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