6 cars of oil crude train derail in Colorado

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LASALLE, Colo. (AP) -- Crews from Union Pacific Railroad were working to clear a six-car train derailment that leaked some crude oil into a ditch Friday, after they notified Colorado emergency management officials of the accident under a new federal requirement.

Colorado Division of Emergency Management spokeswoman Micki Trost said the division's regional manager met with local authorities after they determined one car of the 100-car train was leaking. Crews said they had contained it to a ditch away from any waterways after the derailment around 8 a.m. 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 northwest of Denver.

According to the Greeley Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/m96ows9 ), the 100-car train was loaded in Windsor with Niobrara crude and bound for New York.

Public and political pressure to make oil trains safer began last summer when a runaway oil train carrying Bakken crude derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 people and incinerating much of the town. Other trains carrying Bakken crude have derailed and caught fire since then in Alabama, North Dakota, Virginia and New Brunswick, Canada.

Niobrara oil comes from Noiobara shale formation in Colorado, Wyoming and Kansas and is not considered as volatile as Bakken crude from states farther north.

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Information from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co, http://greeleytribune.com

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