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Woman hit by MAX train dies

A 62-year-old woman was hit and trapped beneath a westbound MAX train Thursday morning near the Lloyd Center Station has died from injuries.

The woman's name was not immediately released.

TriMet issued a statement after her death was announced. It said, "We are deeply saddened by the tragic collision that occurred this morning. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the woman's family and friends. Our thoughts and support are also with our train operator on what is truly a devastating day for all involved."

Investigators believe the woman was walking eastbound on the North sidewalk and stepped into a crosswalk directly into the path of a westbound MAX train that was pulling into the station. 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.

Investigators have determined that the MAX operator was not impaired at the time of the crash.

Officials with Portland Fire and Rescue and TriMet said the person was struck by the train at about 7:35 a.m. Sept. 5 and then trapped underneath it at Northeast Seventh Avenue and Multnomah. MAX service in the area was stopped while firefighters worked to free her.

Shuttle buses carried passengers between the Lloyd Center Station and and the Old Town/Chinatown Station. TriMet's Yellow Line was not affected by the incident.