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Oil train derails, catches fire in Columbia River Gorge


June 4, 2016 | Seattle Times | MOSIER, Ore. — The fiery derailment of oil-train cars in the Columbia River Gorge east of Portland Friday afternoon has rekindled debate about the drawbacks of the Pacific Northwest’s role in crude-oil transport.

Several rail cars in the 96-car Union Pacific Railroad train bound for Tacoma derailed here about 12:20 p.m., railroad and state officials said. Emergency responders quickly swarmed the area. Hours later, the extent of the environmental impact on the region remained unknown. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

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