Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Statement on Portland & Western Railroad Derailment and Fire

SALEM, Ore. (BUSINESS WIRE) 4:20 p.m. Pacific Time: At 12:43 p.m. Pacific Time today, a 59-car Portland & Western Railroad freight train en route from Linnton, Oregon to Rainier, Oregon, derailed approximately 15 miles west of Portland. The 59-car train was primarily carrying logs and contained no hazardous materials. Derailed cars struck tank cars parked on a siding, resulting in a fire. There were 20 cars on the siding, 13 of which contained ethanol. Three of the cars containing ethanol ignited; the fire has now been extinguished.
No injuries have been reported. The train’s two-person crew consisted of an engineer and a conductor, who have moved the train’s locomotive away from the scene.
Emergency personnel are on the scene. The cause of the derailment is not yet known. Link

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