Man killed by train in Clackamas County
William Henry Morrison, 32, who has recently lived in the West Linn and Milwaukie areas, was killed by a train March 22 in unincorporated urban Clackamas.
According to Morrison's uncle, Bill Osburn of Gladstone, Morrison was walking on the train tracks when he was struck and killed. Morrison had one son Odin, 7, whose mother said that Morrison had been on his way to cash a check when he was hit by the train under Highway 212 near 82nd Drive.
Osburn said the biggest lesson from the tragedy is the danger of the earbuds kids use now to listen to their music.
"From what we understand he was, as he often did, listening to music on his phone through the earbuds. We believe this is why he didn't hear the train," Osburn said. "I see younger people walking along the roadside all the time oblivious to the dangers around them."
According to Clackamas County Sheriff's Sgt. Marcus Mendoza, Morrison was declared deceased when first responders arrived to the scene. At about 1:40 p.m., deputies and Clackamas Fire personnel were dispatched to the report. Union Pacific Railroad Police responded to the location to assist with the investigation.
"The train conductor stated Morrison was walking on the tracks, the same direction at the train," Mendoza said. "The train conductor sounded the horn as a warning, but Morrison did not respond."
Odin Morrison and his mother have lived in Texas and Louisiana for the past few years, and are in the process of moving to Colorado. With such a big move, "while already struggling financially," they are raising money for two plane tickets, car rental, a hotel, food, fuel and appropriate attire for Odin to wear to his father's funeral.
A fundraising campaign is available at gofundme.com.