Bad news just arrived in a press release from Eugene Police. This from public information officer Jenna B. McCulley:
Eugene Police are on the scene investigating a fatal crash at East 8th and Hilyard Avenue between an eastbound Amtrak train and a southbound bicyclist that occurred at 5:14 p.m. Travelers are asked to avoid the area for an undetermined amount of time as officers investigate the incident. No further information is available at this time.
R-G’s Jack Moran has a short story.
At the time of this post, he didn’t have much more than in the press release above, but it’s worth checking back in case they update the story. [UPDATE: 10 p.m.] R-G story updated now with more information and a witness saying the rider, coming south, crossed the tracks right in front of the train. I have no other information on what might have happened today. This is really strange crossing, though. The way the multi-use path is configured, people sometimes cross Hilyard very close to the train tracks. But that’s on the south side of the tracks, so if the cyclist was southbound, it doesn’t seem like that would be a factor.
I’ll try to keep you posted.