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UPDATE: Train derailment leads to Oregon highway closure

UPDATE: Train derailment leads to Oregon highway closure

By Steve Bertel. CREATED Jul 10, 2013

UPDATE: Officials say that no significant hazardous material leak occurred at the site of Wednesday morning's train derailment

An early Wednesday morning train derailment of fourteen cars along Union Pacific Railroad tracks on the north side of Highway 203 in Oregon has an eight mile section of the highway closed east of LaGrande in Union County.

About 1:45 a.m., the train derailment occurred along a section of tracks north of Highway 203 near Hot Lake, officials said. The tracks run parallel along the east side of the highway.

There are no confirmed injuries to anyone on the train and Union Pacific RR officials are at the scene working with Incident Command led by LaGrande Fire Department. Two tankers containing hazardous materials are known to be part of the train derailment and Haz Mat personnel are on scene to evaluate the situation, according to a news release from the Oregon State Police.

On scene crews include personnel from the LaGrande Fire Department, the Island City Fire Department, the Union County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Police, ODOT, the Union Pacific Railroad, and a HazMat regional team from Hermiston.

Traffic updates are available on ODOT's website www.TripCheck.com. Area travelers are asked to use alternative routes around the incident area.