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Railroad blamed for fiery oil train derailment

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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
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Federal investigators are blaming a fiery oil train derailment along the Oregon-Washington border on Union Pacific Railroad, saying the company failed to properly maintain its track.

The Associated Press obtained preliminary findings on the June 3 derailment in the Columbia River Gorge in advance of their Thursday release.

The wreck spilled 42,000 gallons of crude oil and sparked a massive fire that burned for 14 hours.

The government's findings raise questions about why Union Pacific didn't detect the broken bolts that triggered the accident when they inspected the tracks just before the derailment.

Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah Feinberg says more advanced brakes could have reduced the number of tank cars that derailed, preventing the one that first burst into flames from being punctured.

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