Derailed train spills grain into Feather River

A train carrying grain derailed early Tuesday morning in the Feather River Canyon northeast of Oroville, knocking 12 cars off the track and spilling corn from one car into the river, according to the state Office of Emergency Services data site.

The derailment occurred at about 3:30 a.m. on the Union Pacific rail line near Highway 70 and Rich Bar Road in Plumas County, state officials said. Emergency crews were gathering at the site, and booms have been placed 100 yards down river from the spill location in an effort to contain the spillage.

California Public Utilities Commission officials were reportedly headed to the site to make an assessment. No injuries or evacuations were reported.

That section of rail, considered one of a handful of “high-risk” areas for derailments, has been under a spotlight in the last year amid debate over the safety of an expected increase in crude oil train shipments in the coming years through the canyon en route to coastal oil refineries.

Call The Bee’s Tony Bizjak, (916) 321-1059.