Two killed in Portland when bus hits pedestrians


Associated Press

Posted on April 25, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 25 at 5:32 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. - A TriMet bus ran over a group of pedestrians crossing the street in Portland, killing two women and injuring three others.

Just before midnight, on a green light, Tri-Met's No. 9 bus began to turn left onto Broadway. At the same time, five pedestrians were crossing Broadway, their signal also green.

Officers arriving at the scene found several people trapped beneath the bus.

Two women died at the scene. Police identified one of them as 26-year-old Jenee Hammel. The name of the other person killed, a 22-year-old woman, had not been released as of Sunday afternoon.

A 22-year-old man, Robert Gittings, was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Ryan Hammel, 28, and Jamie Hammel, 23, were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Jenee Hammel was Jamie Hammel's sister-in-law and Ryan Hammel's sister.

Police say speed doesn't appear to be a factor and the collision is under investigation.

"We've not decided whether we'll make arrests or not," said Sgt. Greg Stewart, Portland Police Bureau.

The Tri-Met bus driver involved was identified as 48-year-old Sandi L. Day, hired in 2007.

She was returning from a layover, preparing to resume her route, so there were no passengers on-board.

Tri-Met says the bus driver is on paid leave. Police say she's fully cooperating.