Woman dies after hit by MAX train in NE Portland

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 1:42 PM

PORTLAND -- A woman died after getting hit by a MAX train in Northeast Portland Thursday morning, police said.

After she was struck by the train, the woman became trapped under it at the intersection of Northeast 7th Avenue and Northeast Holladay Street.

Investigators believe the 62-year-old woman stepped into the crosswalk and directly into the path of a westbound MAX train without realizing it was coming.

"Investigators have reviewed surveillance video and it appears that the woman did not hear the train coming, possibly due to heavy construction going on at a site north of the platform," said Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.

The woman, whose name has not yet been released, was rushed to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries, Simpson said.

The initial call to dispatchers came in about 7:36 a.m.  The train was pulling into the MAX station when the collision occurred.

The incident stopped MAX traffic in both directions.

The Blue, Green and Red lines were affected and shuttle buses in place to ferry passengers between Lloyd Center/11th and Old Town/Chinatown stops, said TriMet spokeswoman Robert Altstadt.

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