Lack of track maintenance led to Mosier oil train derailment

A federal investigation has cited Union Pacific Corp.’s lack of track maintenance as the culprit for an oil train derailment, oil spill and fire in the Columbia River Gorge.

On June 3, a Union Pacific train carrying crude oil went off the tracks, dumping oil and igniting a fire that burned for 14 hours. The company has said it plans to resume oil train traffic this week.

Now, a report from the Federal Railroad Administration says the derailment resulted from shoddy track maintenance. Learn more…