The Latest: Truck slammed by train had stopped for traffic

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Posted: Nov 07, 2016 12:43 PM

AURORA, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a train hitting the back of a semi-truck in Oregon. (all times local):

9:30 a.m.

Authorities say a truck slammed by an Amtrak train in Oregon had been forced to stop on the tracks because of heavy traffic.

Lt. Chris Baldridge of the Marion County Sheriff's Office says the truck was hauling paper pulp, and 65,000 pounds spilled Monday morning at an intersection in Aurora, 25 miles south of Portland.

The lieutenant says the train was traveling 35 mph at the time. Only minor scrapes and bruises were reported by passengers and the truck driver.

Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham says the train was going from Eugene to Seattle when the accident happened at 7:25 a.m. Forty-three passengers were aboard, and they are being taken to Portland by bus.

Graham says there was no derailment.

9 a.m.

Authorities say the back of a semi-truck was hit by an Amtrak train in Oregon.

Lt. Chris Baldridge of the Marion County Sheriff's Office says the collision happened Monday morning in Aurora, 25 miles south of Portland. He says deputies on the scene report there were no significant injuries.

Photos of the collision show a crumpled back of the truck.

Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham says the train was going from Eugene to Seattle when the accident happened at 7:25 a.m. Forty-three passengers were aboard, and they are being taken to Portland by bus.

It's not yet known how fast the train was traveling, but the maximum speed at that rural intersection is 60 mph. Graham says there was no derailment.

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8:24 a.m.

Authorities say the back of a semi-truck was hit by an Amtrak train in Oregon.

Lt. Chris Baldridge of the Marion County Sheriff's Office says the collision happened Monday morning in Aurora, 25 miles south of Portland. He says deputies on the scene report there were no significant injuries.

Photos of the collision show a crumpled back of the truck.

Drivers in that area are being asked to seek alternate routes for the next several hours.