The following notification was provided to Aurora, Oregon residents by Lietutenant Chris Baldridge from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on the morning of November 7, 2016:
This morning a semi truck destined for Vancouver was struck by an Amtrak train traveling from Eugene to Seattle. The truck was traveling east on 1st Street in Aurora when it was forced to stop on the tracks due to heavy traffic.
Amtrak train 500, carrying 43 passengers was traveling 35 miles per hour when it impacted the trucks trailer, spilling 65000 pounds of paper pulp that was destined for China. Thankfully only minor scrapes and bruises were reported by the passengers and the semi truck driver. The Amtrak train will be moving soon but the semi truck will keep the road closed for the next several hours. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.
One relieved passenger even mustered a ‘thumbs’ up’ from the Amtrak train involved in the crash:
To view a brief video of the cleanup in the aftermath of this Amtrak train crash in Aurora, Oregon, click on the video thumbnail image below.
Ehlen Road railroad crash cleanup in Aurora, Oregon. pic.twitter.com/UH7eUtySV5
— Aurora Oregon (@AuroraOregon) November 7, 2016