WACY WETAHER: Spring Storm Dumps Snow On Ore. Valley, Mountains - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

WACKY WEATHER: Spring Storm Dumps Snow On Ore. Valley, Mountains

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An early spring storm has dropped more than half a foot of snow on Oregon's southern Willamette Valley.

Slides and snow in the southern Cascades halted an Amtrak train and briefly trapped several vehicles.

An Amtrak spokeswoman said the Coast Starlight train from Los Angeles to Seattle with 246 passengers on board hit a tree lying across the tracks in the Cascade Mountains and a mudslide then derailed the baggage car. No injuries were reported.

Spokeswoman Christina Leeds says a freight train engine brought the passenger rail cars back to the station in Chemult, about 165 miles southeast of Portland. There passengers boarded buses Wednesday evening for the trip to Portland.

Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt says crews are working to clear the rail line.

 

 

 

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