Window washers' rope snares MAX train, shuts down lines

Window washers' rope snares MAX train, shuts down lines
TriMet's MAX service was delayed in downtown Portland on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 after a window washer's rope became entangled with an electrical contact arm on top of a train. Photo by Shannon L. Cheesman, Producer/Reporter.

PORTLAND, Ore. - An unusual accident with a MAX train caused delays Wednesday with the Red and Blue Line.

TriMet said it appears window washers dropped a rope from a platform in the Old Town section of downtown and it became entangled with the electrical contact arm on top of a train and "destroyed" the apparatus, which is known as a pantograph.

TriMet said in a tweet that "Blue and Red line trains are not operating between Rose Quarter and JELD-Wen Field stations due to a mechanical problem."

They also said shuttle buses would take passengers to their destinations and the delay could last "3 to 4 hours" while crews make repairs. 

The incident took place at about 10:15 a.m.

Westbound service on the Red and Blue lines was restored at around 12 p.m., TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch said. Eastbound lines were still being repaired.