UP tunnel in Oregon remains closed nearly two weeks after collapse

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OAKRIDGE, Ore. — Union Pacific officials say efforts to reopen a collapsed tunnel in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon is taking longer than expected and the former Southern Pacific route will be closed until at least late this week.

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

“We originally estimated repairs to be completed within 10 days, but due to the remote location and severity of the repairs required, we now anticipate the tunnel to be out of service until late next week,” officials stated in an update to shippers on June 6.

Some trains have been rerouted through Bend on BNSF Railway’s Oregon Trunk Subdivision while most of the traffic is being rerouted via Salt Lake City. Amtrak is currently busing passengers aboard the Coast Starlight between Klamath Falls and Eugene.

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