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Trains collide at Port of Tacoma; nobody seriously injured

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 Thursday at the Port of Tacoma.

It was the second train collision in the city in the past week.

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

An inbound BNSF train loaded with containers of general freight was idle on the track when it was hit by a Tacoma Rail train, BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said.

The Tacoma Rail locomotive and one rail car derailed.

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

“Our train was going to couple with that train to connect together,” TPU spokeswoman Chris Gleason said. “As our train came in, it ended up colliding with the other train.”

No cargo spilled and the BNSF driver was not hurt. The Tacoma Rail operator was taken to a local hospital but was quickly released.

Equipment was brought in to put the derailed cars back on track. In the meantime, the rail line — used by about 50 trains a day — was not affected by the accident.

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

On Aug. 28, two locomotive engines collided in the 2300 block of Cleveland Way and punctured diesel tanks on both engines, which contained about 3,000 gallons of fuel.

A Tacoma Fire hazardous materials team was called to contain the spill.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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