UP begins tunnel repair work in Oregon

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OAKRIDGE, Ore. — Union Pacific maintenance crews are beginning repairs to a tunnel in Oregon that collapsed last week, closing off an important route through the Pacific Northwest.

On May 29, part of a tunnel near Oakridge on the Cascade Subdivision collapsed, impacting about 40 to 50 feet of track. The collapse occurred while maintenance was being conducted on the tunnel but no one was injured in the incident.

UP spokesperson Justin Jacobs tells Trains News Wire that workers are continuing to clear debris from inside the tunnel and have started to repair roughly 40 feet of steel liner in the tunnel that was damaged. Jacobs says officials expect the former Southern Pacific route to be closed until at least this weekend.

Jacobs tells Trains News Wire some trains will be rerouted through Bend on BNSF Railway’s Oregon Trunk Subdivision or via Salt Lake City. Amtrak is currently busing passengers aboard the Coast Starlight between Klamath Falls and Eugene.
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