Crude oil train derails in Columbia River Gorge; I-84 shut down - KPTV - FOX 12

Crude oil train derails in Columbia River Gorge; I-84 shut down

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A fire burned in Mosier after a train derailment Friday. Source: KPTV/Air 12 A fire burned in Mosier after a train derailment Friday. Source: KPTV/Air 12
Viewer photo of smoke billowing from the scene of a train derailment in Mosier. Viewer photo of smoke billowing from the scene of a train derailment in Mosier.
MOSIER, OR (KPTV) -

Eleven rail cars from a 96-car Union Pacific crude oil train derailed in the Columbia River Gorge on Friday, leading to a fire that sent a massive column of black smoke into the sky. 

Emergency crews responded to reports of a derailment in the Mosier area along Interstate 84 at around 12:30 p.m.

By 1 p.m., the Oregon Department of Transportation had shut down I-84 between The Dalles and Mosier. No timeline was available for reopening the highway.  

Washington State Patrol said Hood River Bridge was being used as a detour and there would be no toll in place during the response to this incident. Tolls were also waived on the Bridge of the Gods. Drivers were advised to avoid the area. 

Firefighters said Mosier Community School near the scene was evacuated as a precaution. Students were taken to The Dalles Wahtonka High School. Horizon Christian School in Hood River was also holding students on campus until the situation improved.

Union Pacific reported that oil was released from at least one tank car, which caught on fire. There were no reports of any injuries. 

Hazardous materials experts from Union Pacific were called to the scene, along with contractors with firefighting foam and a containment boom for the oil spill. 

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said there were no reports of oil entering the Columbia River. 

Among the multiple agencies responding to the scene, Portland Airport Fire & Rescue dispatched a specialized firefighting foam truck carrying 1,300 gallons of fire suppression foam. 

FOX 12 viewers shared photos and video showing thick black smoke that could be seen for miles. Air 12 was over the scene and showed homes not far from the burning tank cars. 

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown released a statement about the derailment Friday. 

I am grateful to local first responders, HazMat teams, and other state agencies for doing their best to keep the community of Mosier safe. I am closely monitoring the situation and ready to make every state resource available as needed. I ask that travelers seek alternate routes away from this area until further notice. The Oregon Department of Transportation will provide continuous updates on travel conditions.   -Gov. Kate Brown

The train was traveling from Eastport, Idaho to Tacoma, Washington carrying Bakken crude oil. 

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