Fedex freight-basket train crashes in Oregon
Two freight trains collided with each other on a Portland-bound freight train early Saturday morning, killing one person and injuring four others, authorities said.
The crash happened on the Northwest Freight Service train at the Northeast Freight Center in Portland, the Portland Bureau of Transportation said.
One of the trains was carrying about 100 cars and was traveling at about 60 mph when the other train derailed, said Jeff Christensen, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation.
A second train was on its way to Portland.
No passengers or crew members were on board the first train.
Christensen said investigators were working to determine what caused the crash.
He said the cause of the crash is under investigation.
Authorities were still investigating how the train was approaching the crash site and whether it was in a hazardous situation.
The Northeast Freights Center, a large, two-story structure, was closed to traffic after the crash, said Portland Bureau Director of Safety Eric Schmitt.
No other details were immediately available.
The accident was the second freight train crash in Oregon in two months.
A freight train crashed in southern Oregon early Tuesday, killing two people and injuring six others.
The train was moving along an eastbound track near the Port of Bellingham, and the driver and passengers were unhurt, according to police.
A spokesman for Bellingham Fire and Rescue said the man and woman who died were the first person to board the train, which was headed to Bellingham from Portland.
He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.