MAX derailment cleared Monday after 7 hours

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MAX derailment cleared Monday after 7 hours

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on November 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 9:38 AM

PORTLAND -- A MAX train derailed Monday afternoon in Northeast Portland disrupting service and creating a large headache for riders through the rush hour. It took seven hours to get the wheels back in the groove and the MAX line back in service around 10 p.m.

TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt said once the derailed train was moved, they found no damage to the tracks.

Two sets of wheels of a Red Line train car went off the track just before 3 p.m. at Northeast 82nd Avenue near the Interstate 84/Interstate 205 exchange, according to Portland Fire & Rescue Lt. Rich Chatman.

No MAX cars overturned and no passengers were injured, he said.

The Blue, Green and Red lines were disrupted after the derailment through the evening commute. Up to 29 shuttle buses carried passengers between Lloyd Center and the Gateway Transit Center, said TriMet spokeswoman Angela Murphy.

The derailment was caused by a faulty hanger bracket on one of the track brakes, officials said. 

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