Aurora, Oregon Amtrak Train Crash

Aurora Oregon Amtrak Train Crash

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.

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Aurora Oregon Amtrak Train CrashOne relieved passenger even mustered a ‘thumbs’ up’ from the Amtrak train involved in the crash:

Aurora Oregon Train Crash, Ehlen Road, Aurora Oregon

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.


Is Aurora, Oregon A Speedtrap?

Some consider Aurora, Oregon to be a speedtrap. Here’s one post from a website on the topic:

The entire city of Aurora, Oregon is a trap – just sneeze the wrong way and you’ll get busted. It’s a one horse town with small town minds. Very dangerous place to drive through. Doesn’t matter if it’s 99E thru town or the side streets like Airport Rd – you’ll get a ticket for your right front tire not inflated correctly! Not worth the headache – try and use Hwy 551 to avoid the city.

Interestingly, this link to a recent report on monthly patrol statistics shows just 7 traffic stops in one month.

Such divergence on this issue suggests that reality may be somewhere between these differing views.

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Aurora, Oregon Patrol Vehicle

Some contend Aurora’s limited public safety resources may be put to better use than catching speeders. Others suggest that even if Aurora is a speedtrap, it’s good if that keeps people safer. So please take our poll below. Do you consider Aurora, Oregon a speedtrap?