PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Oregon State Police and the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office are assisting with an oil train derailment near Mosier.
Ken Armstrong, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Forestry, says the incident involves eight cars filled with oil and one is burning.
It’s unknown if there are any injuries but officials with Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles say no one has come in with injuries, but they are ready to receive patients.
The train is operated by Union Pacific, which hasn’t returned calls.
According to witnesses, multiple cars derailed and smoke and flames can be seen in downtown Mosier near the Rock Creek overpass. Smoke can also be seen from a nearby weather skycam and from the KOIN 6 web cam at Skamania Lodge.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has closed I-84 between Cascade Locks and The Dalles. Traffic should detour to Washington SR 14.
Students at Mosier Elementary School are being evacuated and transported to Wahtonka High School, according to school officials.
The Federal Railroad Administration says it is aware of the incident and has investigators en route.The Associated Press contributed to this report.