Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on May 8th, 2007 at 5:41 pm
I just got off the phone with Eric Hesse from TriMet and he confirmed that a cyclist was involved in a collision with a MAX train at 4:08pm today.
According to Josh Collins with TriMet Operations Communications, a cyclist riding northbound on SW 9th ran into the second car of a two-car MAX train that was headed
west east on SW Yamhill (map).
Collins says the cyclist sustained superficial, non life-threatening injuries, never lost consciousness (even though he was reportedly not wearing a helmet) and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
The initial tip I received about this story differs from TriMet’s official report. Here’s the tip I received:
“The MAX train just hit a biker at 9th & Yamhill. He seems to be alive but he’s coughing up blood. Witnesses have sketchy details, they say the biker was going up 9th and crossed in front of the train.”
Other than that, I have not heard directly from any witnesses on the scene or from the cyclist. I’ll update this post if/when I receive further information about the incident.