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Oil train spill reheats debate

 

Andrew Christiansen

TROUBLE TRAIN: This photo, taken the day of the oil spill near Mosier, shows how close trains get to the Columbia River. This train was also carrying oil containers.

The train that jumped off the rails near Mosier Friday apparently was stopped by an emergency brake that wasn't meant to be engaged.

Eleven oil cars derailed on the Union Pacific train, starting a fire with huge black billows that shut down I-84 and clogged Highway 14 for miles.

The derailment occurred when an "undesired application" of the emergency brake was engaged 18 cars behind the engine, according to a report on Oregon Public Radio. About 100 Mosier residents were evacuated. No oil or fire suppression materials got into the Columbia River, although there were reports of a light sheen at the mouth of Rock Creek.

The accident has fired up fresh statements from opponents of oil train...



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