Train carrying oil derails in western Pa.

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Train collides with empty gas tanker in NE Ohio

VANDERGRIFT, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say a freight train derailment in western Pennsylvania 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. Thursday 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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