PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 62-year-old woman who was struck by a MAX train and then got dragged underneath it in Northeast Portland’s Lloyd District Thursday morning has died.
Portland police report the victim was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where she died from her injuries sometime before 11:30 a.m. She was identified Friday as Yvonne Stevenson Osredkar of Ridgefield, Wash.
At about 7:35 a.m., the woman was struck by a westbound train at Northeast 7th Avenue and Holladay Street, near the Lloyd Center Mall. According to Lt. Rich Chatman, a Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman, the victim was trapped underneath the train, but was not hit by any of its wheels. Crews used specialized equipment to lift the train and extricate her before 8:15 a.m.
“They were able to use some hydraulic lifts to actually move the train up and free the patient,” Chatman said.
Portland police investigators believe that she stepped off the sidewalk into a crosswalk and directly into the path of the oncoming train. Investigators reviewed surveillance video, which appeared to indicate she did not hear the train coming, possibly because of heavy construction that was going on at a site north of the 7th Avenue MAX station.
“She saw the eastbound train and figured it was OK to cross, and she stepped right in front of the train,” Portland police Lt. Eric Schober said.
Blue, Green and Red line service was shut down in the area until about 9:45 a.m. During that time, shuttle buses ran between the Lloyd Center/NE 11th Avenue and Old Town Chinatown stations. Yellow Line service was not disrupted.
In a statement, TriMet officials said, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic collision that occurred this morning. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the woman’s family and friends. Our thoughts and support are also with our train operator on what is truly a devastating day for all involved.”
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– Elishah Oesch contributed information to this report.