PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A car crashed into a MAX Blue Line train late Sunday afternoon near E Burnside Street at Northeast 99th Avenue, killing the driver of the car.
Carmen Langes, 69, was the only occupant of the car and died at the scene. No one on the train was hurt, police said.
Investigators later determined Langes failed to stop for a red light at E Burnside Street. The MAX train operator saw Langes enter the intersection and engaged the emergency braking system, however the train was unable to stop.
Witnesses told KOIN 6 News they heard “2 loud booms,” which is due to the car hitting the train and then train smashing the car into a nearby pole.
Robert Ross, who lives in the area, was getting ready to head inside his home when he witnessed the accident.
“I was looking down the street and I saw the MAX train coming and this guy was across the street,” Ross said. “And the next thing I hear is boom, the train hit the car and dragged it away.”
Ross said the train smashing the car into the pole sounded like an entirely different accident.
The incident impacted traffic around the area. The vehicle, which was completely totaled, wasn’t towed away until 8:30 p.m.
Shortly after the incident, TriMet released a statement advising riders to “expect delays,” however the Blue Line was up and fully running by 9 p.m.
The crash remains under investigation.