A multi-car oil train derailed in northern Oregon on Friday, about 70 miles (110 km) outside of Portland, officials confirmed, though there were no initial reports of injuries.
Black smoke could be seen following the accident, which occurred in Mosier, near the Columbia River. A spokesman with the Mosier Volunteer Fire Department said there were no injuries, and the damage was confined to the railroad.
Union Pacific Corp owns the train, The Oregonian reported, citing a spokesman. Reuters has not verified that information.
“It has closed the interstate. There’s black and white smoke, and I hear they might be evacuating houses in the area, too,” said Jared Snyder, proprietor of the Thirsty Woman Pub in Mosier.
Interstate 84 has been closed as a result and the nearby Mosier Community School was evacuated, a school official said.
(Reporting by Jessica Resnick-Ault, Devika Krishna Kumar, Eric M. Johnson and Curtis Skinner; Editing by G Crosse and Chris Reese)
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