Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Light Rail gets another one

Lets not forget that Light Rail deaths dwarf automobile deaths but something about the inability of government to protect people properly around these light rail lines is very disturbing. All these deaths by Light Rail could be prevented with the proper safety measures. Louder bells? Flashing lights? Louder horns?

A man suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday after being struck by a TriMet MAX train in Hillsboro, fire officials said.

The man was ready to cross Southwest 185th Avenue at Baseline Road and waited for an eastbound train to pass, said Storm Smith, a Hillsboro Fire & Rescue spokesman. He started crossing and was struck by another train, headed west.

Fire crews responded about 10:10 a.m. An ambulance took the man to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Smith said.

MAX Blue Line service is disrupted in the area. Shuttle buses are operating between the Orenco and Elmonica stops, according to TriMet.

Hillsboro police are investigating.

-- Rebecca Woolington

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