UPDATE: MAX fatality victim identified
A 21-year-old female pedestrian from Portland was hit and killed by a westbound MAX train at a marked crossing in Beaverton around 9:30 a.m. Monday.
The victim was identified Tuesday as Chance Hoyt.
According to the Beaverton Police Department, the investigation has shown that Hoyt waited for the eastbound train to pass, then she ran across the track without looking and was then struck by the westbound train.
"Our hearts go out to the victim and family of this tragic incident," TriMet said.
Police say that at 9:32 a.m. on June 5, Beaverton and Tri-Met Transit police responded to 17500 W. Baseline Street in Beaverton regarding a MAX train that struck a pedestrian. When officers arrived at the scene, they learned the pedestrian was deceased.
Beaverton police say the victim was walking west on the south side of Baseline at the MAX tracks. The victim waited for an eastbound train to pass and then walked onto the westbound MAX tracks. A westbound MAX train struck the victim.
TriMet says the gates, flashing lights and the "dinging sound" were all working at the time. There is also a gate specifically for pedestrians at this crossing, which makes a crossing person stop before going across.
But, TriMet said, the crossing has trains traveling in both directions and two trains were in the area at the time.
"I don't have any idea when the operator was able to see the individual," TriMet's Roberta Alstadt told KOIN 6 News. "It is a marked crossing but, again, when you have trains traveling in both directions people defintiely need to be careful and look both ways and make sure they're making that eye contact with both trains."
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.