Streetcar derails in SE Portland crash; 1 hurt


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A crash involving the Portland Streetcar and multiple vehicles sent one person to the hospital on Thursday afternoon and shut down part of SE Grand Avenue.

The crash happened near Grand Avenue and Taylor Street around 2 p.m., according to Portland police. While one person was taken to the hospital, authorities said no major injuries were reported.

A Portland streetcar and multiple cars were involved in a crash at SE Grand and Taylor, May 24, 2018 (PPB)

“All I saw was the Streetcar slam into an automobile and the glass shatter,” witness Danica Green said. 

PBOT said 10 people were on the streetcar at the time of the crash.

Three vehicles were wrecked in the crash, which also caused the streetcar to get knocked off its tracks. According to witnesses, a truck collided with the streetcar and then was pushed along by it — hitting two other cars, one of which was parked.

“I just saw the train, it didn’t stop,” witness Jerry Squires said. “It hit the car and the car hit the track and boom boom boom bang bang!”

Witnesses said “the jaws of life” were used to get the driver of the truck out.

Guardrails, streetlight and electric poles were also taken out by the streetcar. One of the poles involved cut power to A and B Loops on the eastside. The power won’t be restored for several hours.

SE Grand Avenue was closed into the night as crews remove the derailed streetcar from the road. Crews brought in a crane to lift the streetcar back onto its tracks. The streetcar was towed away around 1:30 a.m. and the road reopened before 3 a.m. 

There are no cameras on streetcars, but officials will inspect the train’s black box, which records speed and other data, after it’s towed away. 

A Portland streetcar and multiple cars were involved in a crash at SE Grand and Taylor, May 24, 2018 (PPB)

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