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Mon Jan 16, 2017, 09:29 AM

Derailed train was carrying hazardous materials through Umatilla Indian Reservation

A Union Pacific train that derailed Monday night on the Umatilla Indian Reservation was carrying containers of hazardous materials, though none spilled and no one was hurt, according to a railroad spokesman.

UP initially reported no hazardous materials were involved in the 12-car derailment near Bingham Road, about 20 miles east of Mission. However, the company later confirmed there was adhesive inside shipping containers aboard at least one of the derailed cars.

The Confederated Umatilla Journal first reported there was hazardous material on the train.

Don Pettit, emergency response planner for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, said there was also sulfuric acid, methanol and formaldehyde solution on the train. He did not know how many of the cars may have contained hazardous materials, but reiterated there was no spill.

Read more: http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/local-news/20170112/derailed-train-was-carrying-hazardous-materials-through-umatilla-indian-reservation

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