OR BASE jumping accident shuts down rail traffic
Monday, May 30, 2011
TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) -- A BASE jumping accident in east Multnomah County shut down all rail traffic as far east as Kansas City and along the West Coast as searchers looked for the victim on Sunday.
But as KGW-TV reports, the jumper did not have serious injuries and had just walked out on his own.
Emergency responders were first told that an illegal BASE jumper had plummeted to the ground after his parachute failed to properly deploy. The man was part of a group that jumped off Crown Point.
Multnomah County authorities say the rail lines were shut down because the search and rescue site was adjacent to Burlington-Northern-Santa-Fe tracks.
About 45 minutes into the search, an anonymous caller told them the BASE jumper had already left the area and didn't need any assistance.
Information from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com/