Clean-up underway after Oregon train carrying oil thwarted

Smoke billows from a thwarted oil train near Mosier, Oregon U.S. in this handout image launched to Reuters June 3, 2016. Thanks to Climate Solutions/Handout by means of

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<articleLocation” > Most of the cars from a Union Pacific train carrying crude oil that hindered and burst into flames in Oregon on Friday have been eliminated and the staying oil will be hauled away on flatbed trucks, a representative for the business stated on Sunday. An overall of 16 vehicles of the 96-car train derailed, up from the company’s previous report of 11 derailed cars, Union Pacific spokesperson Justin Jacobs stated. Thirteen train cars remained on website. Investigators were not sure just how much oil spilled in the mishap, the first major oil-by-rail occurrence in the United States in a year. Much of the oil was either consisted of or burned up, Jacobs said. Firemens managed to snuff out the blaze by at an early stage Saturday, according to the Federal Rail Administration (FRA).

The accident, which forced the evacuation of a school and the closure of a highway, restored require stronger policy to guard neighborhoods against crude-by-rail accidents. Focus now moves to moving evacuated community members back into their houses.

The accident happened together with Oregon’s scenic Columbia River canyon and the Environmental Protection Agency, Coast Guard and FRA authorities were keeping track of the website. There were no reports of oil entering the river, the FRA said.

Authorities are keeping an eye on air quality and taking soil samples to evaluate the safety and environment effect of oil spilled and the subsequent fire. (Reporting by Catherine Ngai, writing by Bill Berkrot; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli).

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