EPA: Fire at Mosier derailment out, amount of oil into Columbia - KPTV - FOX 12

EPA: Fire at Mosier derailment out, amount of oil into Columbia River unknown

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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
Photo of train from Mosier Bridge just before 4 p.m. Saturday (Courtesy: ODOT) Photo of train from Mosier Bridge just before 4 p.m. Saturday (Courtesy: ODOT)
MOSIER, OR (KPTV) -

The crude oil train derailment near Mosier has been put out, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

An EPA spokesperson said crews extinguished the fire shortly after 2:00 a.m. Saturday.

Crews on scene are now working to get the derailed train cars cleared out of the area.

A total of 11 cars derailed just after 12:30 p.m. Friday near Mosier. According to Union Pacific officials, Eastport, Idaho to Tacoma, Washington carrying Bakken crude oil.

According to the EPA, an unknown amount of oil has gotten into the Columbia River and booms have been put out to contain it.

Late Friday night I-84 was reopened after being closed for hours, though the exits to Mosier remain closed.

There was no significant loss of property and nobody was injured in the incident.

Officials are still waiting for some areas to cool down to extract the rest of the cars from the area. 

According to ODOT, investigators discovered that the Mosier waste water treatment plant and sewer lines are non-operational as a result of the damage from the train derailment. Residents are advised of steps that need to be taken while the systems are repaired.

The cause of the train derailment is still under investigation.

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