Worst Fears Realized for Mosier Residents With Train Wreck

Worst Fears Realized for Mosier Residents With Train Wreck
Screenshot from KGW news report about Mosier derailment and fire.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

From KGW: MOSIER, Ore. -- Angry fireballs of exploding Bakken crude oil burned alongside the town of Mosier Friday. The derailment happened at 12:20 p.m. Sixteen cars went off the tracks, and several caught fire. A few blocks away, MaryLou Perry watched from her home. "We were at Level 2 evacuation. I have my cat here. We were freaked out I didn't do anything all afternoon except pace around," she said. As the black column of smoke rose into the sky, hour after hour, she and others here saw some of their worst fears coming true.

The derailment galvanized many environmental groups that already opposed the trains.

“The question has always been not if but when. We’ve had a taste of the when and we’re gonna taste it again and again and again unless we do something about it,” said Friends of the Columbia Gorge Executive Director Kevin Gorman.

“We’ve got to do something to stop this. This was too close of a call,” said Executive Director Paul Lumley of the Columbia River Intertribal fish commission.

Read the full KGW story.

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