Van collides with Portland streetcar

PORTLAND, Ore. — A police spokesman says a van driver who reports that his brakes failed has collided with a northbound streetcar in downtown Portland. One person aboard the streetcar reported an injury.

Sgt. Pete Simpson says the van driver shouted to people in a crosswalk to get out of the way Thursday evening but was unable to stop before hitting the streetcar, which derailed.

One person on the streetcar was taken to a hospital for treatment. The van driver was unhurt.

Traffic on West Burnside Street was temporarily restricted while a crane was being brought in to lift the streetcar back onto the tracks.

Simpson says no citations were issued.

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