>> Emergency crews in Oregon on Saturday finally extinguishing a massive fire after a Union Pacific train carrying crude, burst into flames after derailing. 11 rail cars from the 96 car train carrying Bakken crude derailed Friday evening east of Portland. There were no injuries. The accident, closing down an interstate highway, also forcing the evacuation of a nearby school.
>> Anytime something like this happens is very unfortunate and we apologize.>> The oil train derailment, the first major one in a year, likely to reignite the debate over safety concerns around transporting crude by rail. Union Pacific said oil leaked from at least one railcar but there was no sign of it spilling into the Columbia River.
>> Steps have been taken to contain possible contamination and minimize damage to wildlands and water supplies.>> Since 2008, there have been at least ten major oil train derailments across the United States and Canada, including a disaster that killed 47 people in a Quebec town in July, 2013.
Just eight months ago, US lawmakers extended the deadline to 2018 for rail operators to implement advanced safety technology.