Headphone-wearing cyclist hit by train, OK

Ian Sutherland survived being hit by a MAX train he didn't hear because he had headphones on, Sept. 18, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Ian Sutherland survived being hit by a MAX train he didn't hear because he had headphones on, Sept. 18, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — A headphone-wearing bicyclist narrowly escaped serious injury or death when he tried to cross MAX tracks with a train “about 20 feet away.”

Ian Sutherland was hit by the train near the E. 181st Avenue Station at Burnside in Gresham. A TriMet employee witnessed it and provided help to the biker before medical personnel arrived.

Outside of a sore gluteus maximus, Sutherland is fine. And he said he wants to warn people to never wear their headphones while crossing a MAX intersection.

In a post on his Facebook page, Sutherland wrote:

“I was on my way to work, and got off at my stop in Northeast Portland/Gresham. I had my headphones in like a dumb a–, and went to cross the intersection before my train had left.

“I mounted my bike, like I do every day, and went to cross the intersection. When I noticed the train, it was about 20 feet away, and my body was dead in the center of the tracks. I turned a sharp left, because I knew I couldn’t push past it in time. My front wheel got caught in the track. I unclipped from my pedal, put my foot down, and pushed myself and the bike about six inches back.
At that moment, the left front corner of the train hit my a–, shoulder, and back wheel. It threw me from the cross walk to the center of the intersection. I landed on my a–, which is rather sore. But I’m fine. Emergency personnel and TriMet authorities responded immediately, and told me I was very, very lucky. Reports were filed, and as I have no injury aside from a bruised a–, I went home for the day.

“NEVER. Never ……. ever. Wear headphones while crossing a MAX intersection.

I almost lost my life today out of complacence.”

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