On November 1, 1893, a Portland streetcar named Inez ran through the open draw span on the Madison Street Bridge, plunging 43 feet into the Willamette River killing seven in what is described as the worst streetcar accident in Portland history.
Today, such an accident is still possible on the Steel Bridge. (It'll be a little difficult on the Broadway Bridge as a runaway Streetcar would simply run into the lifted deck.)
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On May 9, 1920, two Red Electric trains collided in a spectacular head-on collision near what is now S.W. 13th Avenue and Bertha Boulevard. Eight people were killed, and 102 were injured. The cause was human error; an Operator ran past his train order limits and proceeded into a single-track section when he was supposed to wait for the opposing train at Bertha siding. Automatic Block Signals were added shortly after.