updated 4/4/2005 2:37:43 AM ET 2005-04-04T06:37:43

The engine of an Amtrak train derailed Sunday along the Columbia River, sending at least 26 passengers to hospitals with mostly minor injuries, officials said.

The Portland, Ore.-bound train was carrying 115 people when the locomotive’s wheels left the track, leaving four passenger cars leaning upright against an embankment in the Columbia River Gorge, about 45 miles east of Portland, Ore., Amtrak spokeswoman Marcie Golgoski said.

Two people remained in hospitals Sunday evening, including a pregnant woman who was admitted for observation. Twenty-four others were treated and released.

Rail crews were clearing the track, but it was not expected to reopen until Monday, said Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF Railway Co., which owns and operates the track.

By midday, passengers who could travel were loaded onto school buses and taken to Vancouver, Wash., and Portland, Ore.

The National Transportation Safety Board and BNSF were investigating the cause of the accident.

Amtrak hoped to resume service on the line by Tuesday, Amtrak spokeswoman Sarah Swain said Sunday night. Buses were being used to take passengers between Portland and Spokane in the meantime, she said.

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