Sunday, March 27, 2016

 

2 killed by Amtrak in possible double suicide in Oregon

Two people were killed in a possible double suicide late Sunday morning when they were struck by an Amtrak train about two miles south of Oregon City, officials said.

Cascades train No. 506 was traveling from Eugene to Portland, Oregon, when it struck two people on the tracks at 10:50 a.m., Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert said. The train's end destination was Seattle.

Deputy Marcus Mendoza, a spokesman with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, said initial indications show the deaths were suicides.

No identification of the victims, or their ages or genders, was immediately available. The sheriff's office said the victims would be identified after the initial investigation and next of kin is notified.

Officials with Canby police, Amtrak, Union Pacific, which owns the tracks, and the county Medical Examiner's Office were also on the scene. The sheriff's office was leading the investigation.

The train was sitting stopped about a mile and a half north of South End Road at noon as the investigation continued. Police were seen inspecting the front of the train. Mendoza said the collision occurred between 500 and 1,000 feet south of where the train had stopped.

Tolbert said 38 passengers were on the train. He said none of them, nor any crew members, were injured.

He said about 150 passengers had been waiting to board the train at Union Station in Portland. He said an alternate train had been brought into service to pick up those passengers and begin their trip north. He anticipated their noon departure would occur as scheduled.

Tolbert said after authorities conclude their investigation, the train involved in the collision would continue to Portland. The train left the area and continued on its trip shortly before 1:15 p.m.

The sheriff's office said no vehicular traffic was affected by the incident.

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