A man was struck and killed by a TriMet MAX Light Rail "Orange Line" train on Wednesday, March 31, on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Clinton Street, just north of the Brooklyn neighborhood. Police and paramedics were dispatched at 6:14 p.m.
As first-responders arrived, the rear car of the southbound MAX train was stopped partly blocking Milwaukie Avenue.
The Portland Police Major Crash Team was sent to investigate; both the Police Bureau and TriMet referred us to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) for official information about the fatal pedestrian incident.
"The individual was walking a bicycle on a multi-use pathway that parallels the MAX line, on the south side of the tracks," MCSO Communications Director Chris Liedle told THE BEE. "The man approached a pedestrian crosswalk just west of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. At the south entrance to the crosswalk, there are two gates, about waist high, that prevent pedestrians from walking across the tracks; and these gates were closed.
"In addition to the gates being closed – because a train was approaching – warning lights and audible sounds were activated; all of these functions were in operation.
"As the train approached, the individual opened the gates and walked onto the tracks, turning in the direction of the oncoming MAX train, which was traveling southeast towards the Clinton Street /12th Avenue MAX Station," Liedle reported.
"Unfortunately, the individual did not survive his injuries. The fatal collision is being investigated as a suicide." The name of the victim was not released.
After a two and a half hour stoppage of Orange Line MAX service in both directions, and extensively snarled traffic in the vicinity from the stopped train, both rail service and normal street traffic resumed by about 8:45 p.m. that evening.
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