The Latest: Union Pacific touts safety of fastening system

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Posted: Jun 23, 2016 4:06 PM
The Latest: Union Pacific touts safety of fastening system

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into a June 3 fiery oil train derailment in Oregon (all times local):

12:40 a.m.

A spokesman for Union Pacific Railroad says the company's rail fastening system has an outstanding safety history.

Spokesman Justin Jacobs' statement was in response to the Federal Railroad Administration's preliminary report on a June 3 fiery oil train derailment in the town of Mosier, Oregon. The report blamed Union Pacific for not properly maintaining its tracks and missing problems with bolts that fasten the rail ties to the rails.

Jacobs says the company will replace all the lag bolts with rail spikes, which will make problems easier to detect on inspections.

He also says an upgraded braking system called for by the Federal Railroad Administration wouldn't have made a difference in the severity of the derailment.

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8:45 a.m.

The mayor in a town where an oil train derailed says she is alarmed by a preliminary report blaming Union Pacific Railroad for not properly maintaining its track.

The Federal Railroad Administration said in the report obtained Thursday by the AP that inspections should have caught weakened or broken bolts that hold the rail ties to the rails.

Mayor Arlene Burns says the report on the June 3 wreck in Mosier raises questions about why Union Pacific didn't find the problem when it inspected the tracks three days before the derailment.

Officials say Union Pacific faces potential penalties for safety violations.

The derailment released 42,000 gallons of crude oil and sparked a massive fire that burned for 14 hours.

Justin Jacobs, a spokesman for Union Pacific, did not immediately return a call Thursday.