UPDATE: Colorado oil train spill put at 6,500 gallons

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The Union Pacific Railroad confirmed that 6,500 gallons of oil spilled when the train derailed in LaSalle.

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LASALLE, Colo. (AP) -- The Union Pacific Railroad says 6,500 gallons of oil spilled when a train derailed in northern Colorado on Friday.

A railroad spokeswoman said cleanup operations were still underway Saturday. State officials say the spill was contained to a ditch and didn't reach the nearby South Platte River.

The railroad says the contaminated soil will be removed and replaced with clean soil.

Six of the 100 cars in a crude oil train derailed west of LaSalle, about 45 miles north of Denver. One car leaked.

Three cars were empty and have been moved. Two-thirds of the oil in another car had been removed by Saturday and another was still full.

Updated at 2:03 PM
Crews from Union Pacific Railroad are working to clear a six-car train derailment that has leaked some crude oil into a ditch.

One car of the 100-car train was leaking, but crews had contained it to a ditch away from any waterways after the derailment around 8 a.m. Friday. A vacuum truck was brought in to suck up the oil.

The amount of oil spilled has not been determined. The derailment happened near LaSalle, about 45 miles north of Denver.

According to the Greeley Tribune, the 100-car train was loaded in Windsor with Niobrara crude and bound for New York.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says the cause of the accident has not been determined.

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