Crash on tracks puts westside MAX riders on shuttles

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:27 AM

BEAVERTON -- A car crashed onto the MAX tracks near the Sunset Transit Center early Wednesday morning, halting train traffic all day through the area.

Photos: Car plows onto MAX tracks

Shuttle buses were being used between the Beaverton Transit Center and the Galleria stop in downtown Portland.

A crane was used to remove the car from the tracks about 5:30 a.m. Inspection of overhead wires led to an estimate of 6 p.m. Wednesday for train service to resume.

The wires were destroyed by the car, said agency spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt. She said the shuttle bus rides would take at least 30 minutes longer than the MAX.

The car's driver, 27-year-old Jeff John Roberton, was accused of reckless driving, DUII and first-degree criminal mischief.

Police radar recorded the speed of the BMW at 80 mph plus before the crash, said Lt. Michael Rouches of the Beaverton police.

The car came to rest on the westbound tracks. A fallen tree rested on the eastbound tracks, he said.

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