Semi truck hits MAX train in North Portland

Semi truck hits MAX train in North Portland
Photo by Bob Foster, KATU News

PORTLAND, Ore. – It's been a long day for TriMet's MAX light rail line.

A semi truck collided with a MAX train Wednesday afternoon in North Portland shortly after another MAX train was disabled downtown when a rope became tangled in electrical equipment on the roof of the train.

No injuries were reported after the crash with the semi, a Portland Fire and Rescue spokesperson said. Both incidents caused service delays for MAX users.

The collision took place just after 12:30 p.m. on the MAX Yellow line near the intersection of North Interstate Avenue and Knott Street.

There was no major damage to either vehicle but the front two wheels of the train did derail.

The truck driver said there were no leaks or hazards from the truck. A witness on the train said the train operator tried to brake to avoid hitting the truck but could not stop in time. 

Earlier, a MAX train became entangled with a rope being used by window washers in the Old Town section of Portland. The electrical contact on top of the train was destroyed, TriMet said. Service downtown was restored at about 2:30 p.m.

A Portland Fire spokesperson said it may take a while to move the semi and restore MAX service.