Thursday, August 7, 2014

Latest death by Trimet report

A man has died after being struck by an eastbound MAX train at about 10:43 a.m. Thursday.
The incident happened at East Burnside Street and 122nd Avenue.
Dawn Baker was a witness to the incident. She said she saw a man crossing 122nd from north to south. She said "he was staggering, stumbling and just walked right into the train." Baker also said it appeared the man tripped on the tracks before the train hit him and knocked him to the side.
Responders from the Portland Fire Bureau and Portland police rushed to the scene.
The man died at the scene.
Donny Fosmire said he was waiting for the train when the man stepped in front of him and appeared to trip. "He looked like he had just woken up," Fosmire said. "It was awful."
TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch said MAX Blue Line service will be delayed because of the collision. Shuttle buses will offer service between the Gateway Transit Center and East 148th Avenue. Fetsch said riders should expect delays for the next few hours.
Lt. Eric Schober of the Portland Transit Police said a man in his 50s was walking south in the crosswalk and appeared to stumble and hit the side of the train.  Schober said authorities were unsure if the man was impaired.
The pedestrian's name has not yet been released.
MAX train strikes, kills pedestrian in East Portland crosswalk |

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