10 May 2014, 10:36

Six cars of oil crude train derail in Colorado

Six cars of oil crude train derail in Colorado

A train carrying oil has derailed in Colorado with six oil-tankers over turned, Associated Press reports Saturday. The train consisted of 100 tank cars. The incident occurred at 8:00 local time (18:00 in Moscow) near the town of La Salle, about 70 kilometers North of Denver. A quantity of oil has spilled which emergency services are cleaning up to limit the consequences of the incident.

Crews from Union Pacific Railroad worked to clear a six-car oil train derailment that leaked crude into a ditch on Friday in northern Colorado.

State and local emergency officials determined that one car of the train's 100-cars was leaking after the 8 a.m. derailment near LaSalle, about 45 miles north of Denver.

The cause of the derailment was under investigation, said Micki Trost, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Division of Emergency Management. Crews had contained the spill to a ditch away from any waterways, Trost said.

The amount of oil spilled wasn't immediately known, but a vacuum truck was brought in to suck up the spill. Tanker trucks lined up nearby to transfer the oil.

According to The Greeley Tribune, the train was loaded in nearby Windsor with Niobrara crude and was bound for New York. Niobrara oil comes from the Niobrara shale formation in Colorado, Wyoming and Kansas. It's not considered as volatile as the Bakken crude from North Dakota and eastern Montana.

Public and political pressure to make oil trains safer began last summer when a runaway oil train carrying Bakken crude derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 people and incinerating much of the town. Other trains carrying Bakken crude have derailed and caught fire since then in Alabama, North Dakota, Virginia and New Brunswick, Canada.

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