Friday, May 6, 2011

Overheated bearings on rail car caused Wednesday's derailment, fire near Portland

The train derailment and collision that caused a large fire along U.S. 30 Wednesday was caused by overheated wheel bearings on one of the rail cars the fell off the tracks.
Ron Russ, president and general manager of the Portland & Western Railroad, said this morning that a wheel bearing on one of the log cars passing through the area caused the wheels on the train to tear up ties for 2 1/2 miles before the derailment took place near the where U.S. 30 intersects with Cornelius Pass Road. Continued

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