Amtrak train, semi collide in Aurora

Train, semi collided in Aurora

AURORA, Ore. -- A crash involving an Amtrak train and a semi truck closed Ehlen Road in Aurora and delayed Monday morning traffic, officials said.

Heavy traffic forced the truck, which was hauling 32.5 tons of paper pulp destined for China, to stop on the railroad tracks. according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

The 35-mph, northbound Amtrak train hit the truck's trailer, spilling the paper pulp onto the roadway.

Neither the truck driver nor the 43 passengers aboard the train were seriously injured. Only minor scrapes and bruise were reported.

Deputies, along with crews from the Aurora Fire District, Hubbard Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance and Canby Fire District responded to the scene around 7:45 a.m.

The crash closed Ehlen Road from the train tracks near Main Street NE to Airport Road NE. The train was scheduled to resume travel shortly after 9 a.m., but the truck was expected to remain on the roadway and keep the area closed for several hours. The sheriff's office advised drivers to seek alternate routes.

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