Motorcyclist dies in fall onto MAX tracks

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 40-year-old motorcyclist trying to get onto the Broadway Bridge early Friday morning died when he was ejected from his bike and thrown onto the MAX track below.

According to Portland police, at about 2:36 a.m., a 911 caller found the downed motorcycle on North Interstate Avenue at the ramp approaching the bridge. The caller then discovered the biker dead on the MAX tracks.

Investigators determined that the motorcyclist was taking the ramp onto North Broadway from southbound Interstate Avenue when he lost control negotiating a curve and crashed a 2007 Honda Interceptor into the concrete barrier. He was thrown an estimated 140 feet, landing on the MAX tracks under the ramp.

Speed likely contributed to the crash, Portland police found. Police did not confirm if drugs or alcohol were suspected factors as well.

The name of the victim was not immediately disclosed pending family notification. The Oregon State Medical Examiner was set to conduct an autopsy and take blood samples for a toxicology report.

Traffic and MAX service in the area was temporarily disrupted.

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