Collision between semi, MAX train causes major delays - KPTV - FOX 12

Collision between semi, MAX train causes major delays

Posted: Updated: Oct 10, 2012 03:12 PM

One person was taken to the hospital after a crash between a semi and a MAX train in north Portland.

TriMet said a truck turning from North Russell onto North Interstate got into the train's right of way and made contact with it at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. About 50 passengers were onboard the train.

Initially there were no injuries reported, according to firefighters, but one passenger asked for medical attention and was taken to the hospital to get checked out.

The driver of the truck was not hurt. Firefighters describe the impact as minimal.

However, riders using the MAX Yellow Line in north Portland experienced major delays between the Rose Quarter and Expo Center. By 3 p.m., Yellow Line service had resumed.

MAX trains were also delayed in downtown Portland Wednesday after a window washer dropped a rope that wrapped around the MAX contact wire, according to TriMet. An eastbound train's pantograph arm was destroyed as it tangled in the rope.

Service in that area was restored by 2 p.m.

TriMet said anytime its system is damaged by a third party, the agency seeks to recoup the cost through the person responsible or their insurance company. That will be the case with both incidents Wednesday.


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