Victim falls from viaduct onto Springwater Trail
Darkness had fallen over the Springwater Corridor Trail on Thursday evening, November 7. At the point east of McLoughlin Boulevard, where it runs under S.E. 32nd Avenue near the "three corners" of S.E. Johnson Creek Boulevard, 32nd, and Tacoma Street, a disturbing incident occurred.
Emergency medical first responders were dispatched at 5:13 p.m. to reports of a person "falling, or being pushed" off the high viaduct in Ardenwald, and dropping to the Springwater Corridor Trail, some five stories below.
Portland Police Bureau officers circled the area above, but were not officially dispatched to the incident. Portland Fire & Rescue Westmoreland Station 20's Engine Company paramedics were sent to the area.
The Engine Company crew reported back to dispatch that their rig was too wide to drive from an entry point at S.E. 32nd Avenue near Sherrett Street, northeast to the area under the viaduct.
Firefighters did remove the vehicle-blocking bollards on the trail, permitting an AMR ambulance to enter the trail, and back its way up to the fall location.
AMR paramedics apparently picked up the fall victim; who was reportedly t transported to OHSU. The Multnomah County Coroner was not dispatched to the scene, so apparently the victim fell into brush or shrubbery and survived the long drop.
However, there was no response from Portland Fire & Rescue to THE BEE's request for information about this incident – so the victim's current condition, and the circumstances leading to the fall, are undisclosed.
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