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Dozens of truckloads of oil recovered from derailed train cars in Gorge

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A train running through Mosier on Monday with derailed cars from Friday's crash and fire on the side of the tracks. (Source: KPTV) A train running through Mosier on Monday with derailed cars from Friday's crash and fire on the side of the tracks. (Source: KPTV)
A train derailed near Mosier on Friday causing a massive fire and column of smoke that could be seen for miles. (Source: Air 12/KPTV) A train derailed near Mosier on Friday causing a massive fire and column of smoke that could be seen for miles. (Source: Air 12/KPTV)
MOSIER, OR (KPTV) -

Crews removed more than 65 truckloads of oil from a derailed train in the Columbia River Gorge by Tuesday morning.

It was expected the remaining 25 truckloads of oil could be recovered by the end of the day.

The oil is being transferred to The Dalles on special tanker trucks and staged for transport by rail to its original destination in Tacoma.

Once all the oil is hauled away, crews will begin removing the 13 damaged rail cars that remain at the crash site.

Sixteen tanker cars carrying Bakken crude oil derailed Friday near Mosier, causing explosions and a massive fire.

Officials estimate that 42,000 gallons of crude oil escaped from four rail cars, with 10,000 gallons removed from the wastewater system. The remaining 32,000 gallons either burned off, were captured by booms in the Columbia River or absorbed into the soil.

Booms remain in place as a precautionary measure, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation, but no new signs of oil sheen have been seen on the river or other waterways. Environmental crews believe the source of the sheen has been controlled.

A boil water order in Mosier was lifted Monday, with the exception of two homes on Rock Creek Road.

A temporary bypass system, which allowed the city to restore sewer service to local customers, remains in place. The city's wastewater is being collected and trucked to Hood River for disposal.

Federal, state, tribal and local authorities remain at the command center near the scene to coordinate response until the cleanup is complete.

Union Pacific identified a preliminary cause of the crash as a faulty bolt that fastens the rail to the railroad ties.

Trains were running through Mosier again Monday, but Oregon lawmakers called for a temporary halt to oil train traffic through the Columbia River Gorge until Union Pacific representatives meet with the community to assure people a situation like this won't happen again.

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