Jan. 11

by Wil Phinney of the CUJ

MISSION – A dozen railroad cars – at least three carrying hazardous material – derailed Monday night near Bingham Road about 20 miles east of Mission on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Union Pacific reported no spills and no injuries.

The hazardous materials were not specified in a railcar manifest first reported at 6:57 p.m. by the Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS). One of the cars carried adhesive, methanol and sulfuric acid, although it was not listed as a hazmat shipment by OERS.

Union Pacific Railroad first reported a five-car derailment with “no release and no injury,” according to the OERS report. UPPR reported “Cargo was of vehicles, unknown cause and unknown railcar numbers at this time.”

An update at 8:15 p.m. indicated 12 cars on the ground with a hazmat crew expected to arrive within an hour. Lights were set up to work in a safety area Monday night.

OERS notified the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Oregon Department of Transportation – Rail and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

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