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Trains collide at Port of Tacoma

Employees of Tacoma Rail at the scene of a train crash that cause a derailment near the rail crossing at the Port of Tacoma Road Thursday morning Sept. 3, 2015.
Employees of Tacoma Rail at the scene of a train crash that cause a derailment near the rail crossing at the Port of Tacoma Road Thursday morning Sept. 3, 2015. Staff photographer

Two trains collided in Port of Tacoma Thursday morning.

The crash happened about 7:20 a.m. near Lincoln Avenue and Port of Tacoma Road.

An inbound BNSF train hauling multiple containers of general freight was idle on the track when a Tacoma Rail struck the other train, BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said.

The wheels on the Tacoma Rail’s locomotive and four rail cars derailed.

The Tacoma Rail was going less than 10 mph when it collided with the BNSF train, according to Tacoma Public Utilities.

No cargo spilled and the BNSF driver was not injured. One person, presumably from the Tacoma Rail, suffered minor injuries.

Equipment is being brought in to put the derailed cars back on track. In the meantime, the rail – which is used by about 50 trains – is not impacted by other traffic.

Tacoma police have closed sections of Port of Tacoma Road and Marshall Avenue.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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