No one was hurt when an oil train derailed in the town of Mosier, East of Hood River. Sixteen cars came off the tracks and fhree caught fire, sending thick smoke high in the air. Crews didn’t get the fire out until Saturday morning. Governor Kate Brown spoke with reporters in Hood River while crews worked on cooling the derailed cars.
It’s not clear what caused the derailment, Union Pacific says it may be days or weeks before the tracks are reopened. But the evacuation in Mosier is over, and the Red Cross shelter closed Saturday. However, the I-84 exit to Mosier remains closed. Also, oil in the Columbia River has caused a boil water advisory for residents there. The oil sheen was contained by a thousand feet of boom, and cleanup efforts are continuing.
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