PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A train went off the tracks in north Portland on Tuesday morning, damaging the road and blocking traffic for hours. The road opened to traffic again Tuesday evening.
Just after 6 a.m., officers responded to assist Union Pacific after a train derailment damaged the North Lombard Street overpass. No injuries were reported.
All lanes of North Lombard Street were temporarily closed from North Roberts Avenue to North Terminal Road while crews responded to the scene.
After the derailed train cars were removed, PBOT bridge engineers assessed the overpass and determined that it could be reopened if traffic was diverted away from the damaged overpass section, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Drivers in the area should expect a new lane configuration on the overpass, according to transportation officials.
The signal at the intersection of North Lombard and North Terminal Road has also been changed to accommodate the new traffic pattern.
“We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes,” PBOT said.
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