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Federal and state regulators to inspect rail line in Gorge after derailment, fire

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A fire burned in Mosier after a train derailment. Source: KPTV/Air 12 A fire burned in Mosier after a train derailment. Source: KPTV/Air 12
MOSIER, OR (KPTV) -

Federal and state regulators will inspect the rail line in the Columbia River Gorge following an oil train derailment and fire near Mosier.

The Utilities and Transportation Commission has sent two federally certified track inspectors to work with the Federal Railroad Administration on inspections of the BNSF tracks on the Washington side of the Columbia River.

Oregon Department of Transportation inspectors will assist with the inspections of the Union Pacific track line on the Oregon side of the river.

The agencies are conducting the inspections to ensure all federal track safety standards are met.

Officials estimate that 42,000 gallons of crude oil escaped from four rail cars following the derailment on June 3, 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.

The remaining oil was removed from the derailed tank cars and taken to The Dalles to be transported by rail to its original destination of Tacoma.

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

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