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Union Pacific says 2 trains derail in Oregon

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MORE INFORMATION: The East Oregonian reports a train derailed early Monday morning on the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Meacham, sending one tank car loaded with hazardous materials down an embankment near Meacham Creek.The incident happened at about 6:20 a.m., with 10 cars total jumping off track. Nine cars were empty, though one did contain liquid petroleum gas residue, said Union Pacific spokesman Francisco Castillo.

Castillo did not immediately know what was inside the loaded tank car, but did confirm it was not crude oil. No spills were reported, and the incident remains under investigation.

The 95-car train was heading from Idaho into Oregon, Castillo said, bound for Union Pacific's Hinkle Yard near Hermiston. The derailment took place in a remote area, and no structures were nearby.

A hazardous materials team is on the scene to ensure no hazardous materials are spilled into the creek. Eight trains have been delayed as a result of the derailment. 


PORTLAND, OR. (AP) - Union Pacific says two freight trains derailed in Oregon on Monday morning, one in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, the other in the Cascade Range.

A total of 15 cars got off the tracks. Nobody was hurt.

Near Meacham in Umatilla County, a tank car carrying hazardous material rolled down a bank and came to rest near a creek.

Railroad spokesman Francisco Castillo says in an email that no release of hazardous material has been confirmed.

The material wasn't immediately identified.

Nine other cars derailed in a pile.

Near Oakridge in Lane County, five cars derailed, one remaining upright.

Castillo says there was no hazardous material aboard.

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