Train hauling crude oil derails on banks of South Platte River

A crude oil train that derailed Friday morning south of Greeley — with six cars toppled along the South Platte River — for several hours was leaking at a rate estimated at 20 to 50 gallons per minute.

Environmental Protection Agency officials were dispatched to the scene. No oil has been confirmed in the river thanks to the work of Union Pacific Railroad responders.

The 100-car train loaded with niobrara crude derailed west of LaSalle near a bridge over the river.

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