TriMet sanctioned in lawsuit on bus crash that killed 2

2010 bus crash
In 2010 Jenee Hammel and Danielle Sale were killed at this spot when a TriMet bus driver made an illegal left turn in Old Town -- hitting five people. The families of those hit have filed a civil suit against the Portland-based mass transit agency. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — TriMet is under fire from a federal judge after the agency failed to give up emails and other documents in a case where two pedestrians were hit and killed by a bus.

According to a source close to the case, Judge Michael Mosman fined TriMet $5,000.

In 2010 Jenee Hammel and Danielle Sale were killed when a driver made an illegal left turn in Old Town — hitting five people. The driver was fired and found guilty of several traffic charges.

This week the judge ruled TriMet dragged its feet in getting records to civil-suit prosecutors in the case. The federal judge also said the agency hid evidence, including not releasing internal emails, memos and other documents to attorneys of victims — and even pretended some documents didn’t exist.

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