Roosevelt HS senior hit by train into water, dies

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A Roosevelt High School senior was killed late Friday night after being struck by a train and knocked into the water south of the St. Johns Bridge late Friday night.

Taishawn Millage was coming back from a party for Roosevelt High seniors when the incident happened around 11:15 p.m., his stepfather told KOIN 6 News.

He was 18.

Roosevelt High School senior Taishawne Millage, 18, died after being knocked by this train into the water near St. Johns Bridge, June 7, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Roosevelt High School senior Taishawne Millage, 18, died after being knocked by this train into the water near St. Johns Bridge, June 7, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Police were called to the 7100 block of NW Front Avenue and found the young man in the water near the shore. Emergency efforts were tried to revive him, but he died at the scene.

Officials with Burlington Northern told the Millage family the train was only traveling 5 mph at the time.

Family and friends said Taishawn Millage was someone others looked up to. He was celebrating the last day of school with other seniors Friday night at a bonfire along the river.

Students and family who gathered at his mother’s home Saturday said he went off alone on the nearby railroad tracks.

“He was excited about life,” his mother, Shelby Winters, told KOIN 6 News. “He loved basketball, loved to hang out with his friends. He just loved life in general.”

She also said his family loved him dearly.

The principal of Roosevelt High School told KOIN 6 News school is in session for everyone except the seniors, and that grief counselors will be available on Monday.

An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.

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