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Train hits semi-truck in Ridgefield

No one was hurt, but the truck had to be pulled from Lake River

RIDGEFIELD — A semi-truck hauling vehicles to the Port of Ridgefield ended up in Lake River this morning when it was struck by a Union Pacific train.

According to John Brooks, Ridgefield police chief, the truck high centered at a railroad crossing at North Railroad Avenue and Mill Street. The driver got out and called 9-1-1, but then the crossing arms came down and he realized a train was approaching.

The collision knocked a van off of the car hauler and onto nearby tracks, and pushed the semi-truck into the nearby tributary, up to the front windshield.

The tracks, which are owned by BNSF, were shut down for nearly three hours while emergency crews worked at the scene. An oil sheen was spotted on the river, and hazardous spill responders set out booms to try and stop the spill from spreading. According to authorities approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel went into the water.

A large tow truck was brought to the scene to help pull the semi out of the water. The train engine reportedly was undamaged, and rail traffic was allowed to resume around 11 a.m.. There were no injuries as a result of the collision, which remains under investigation.

A semi-truck hauling vehicles ended up in Lake River after it was struck by a train in Ridgefield on Tuesday. Photo by Mike Schultz
A semi-truck hauling vehicles ended up in Lake River after it was struck by a train in Ridgefield on Tuesday. Photo by Mike Schultz
A van being carried by a semi-truck ended up on railroad tracks after the truck was hit by a train in Ridgefield on Tuesday. Photo by Mike Schultz
A van being carried by a semi-truck ended up on railroad tracks after the truck was hit by a train in Ridgefield on Tuesday. Photo by Mike Schultz
A large tow truck sits ready to pull a semi-truck out of Lake River in Ridgefield after it was hit by a train on Tuesday. Photo by Mike Schultz
A large tow truck sits ready to pull a semi-truck out of Lake River in Ridgefield after it was hit by a train on Tuesday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Crews set out shoreline boom to stop a gasoline spill from spreading after a truck was hit by a train in Ridgefield. Photo by Mike Schultz
Crews set out shoreline boom to stop a gasoline spill from spreading after a truck was hit by a train in Ridgefield. Photo by Mike Schultz
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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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