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Derailed train spills oil in Vandergrift

February 13, 2014 News Extra

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VANDERGRIFT, Pa. — Authorities say a freight train derailment spilled several thousand gallons of crude oil, but all of it went onto a parking lot.

Westmoreland County public safety officials say the derailment of 21 cars was reported shortly before 8 a.m. today on a Norfolk Southern rail line between Vandergrift and East Vandergrift.

Spokesman Dan Stevens says 19 cars carrying heavy crude and two cars contained liquid propane derailed, and about 2,000 to 3,000 gallons of crude spilled from one of the cars.

But Stevens said it all went onto the parking lot and none went into waterways or ground areas.

No injuries were reported.

Stevens said 35 people were evacuated from a factory building struck by two of the cars, and the building will be assessed for safety.

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