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Track failure likely cause of train derailment

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An official with Union Pacific Railroad says some kind of track failure was likely the cause of the oil-train derailment in Oregon.

Raquel Espinoza says the company is focused on removing the crude oil from the damaged cars as safely and quickly as possible.

She says their priority is to bring people home to Mosier, Oregon, where the train derailed.

About a hundred people -- a quarter of the town's population -- have been evacuated from their homes since Friday.

The mayor and fire chief said on Sunday they recognize that the derailment and fire in their town could have been a lot worse.

Fire Chief Jim Appleton says the usual amount of wind in Mosier -- about 25 mph -- could have turned this incident into a major disaster, destroying the town and sending flames across state lines.

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