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Oil train derailment damages water services in Oregon town; work to clear river’s oil sheen continues

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Oil train derails, burns near in Columbia River Gorge Friday. (Photo: KPTV/Portland)

SEATTLE — Authorities say an oil-train derailment and fire has damaged essential city services in a small Oregon town.

The Mosier waste water treatment plant and sewer system are not operational as a result of the derailment Friday of 16 of the 96 tank cars on a Union Pacific train.

The area around the train remains evacuated on Sunday, and officials are conducting continuous water and air monitoring.

Authorities are working to clean up an oil sheen in the Columbia River near the scene of the derailment, and the oil inside the remaining tank cars is being moved to trucks.

No injuries have been reported. But Oregon health officials are asking people with questions or concerns to call a hotline to talk to a health expert at 888-623-3120.

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