Ore. FFs Get Body From Under Train

GRESHAM, Ore. --   A man intending to catch a MAX train near Gresham's City Hall was struck and killed by another train, TriMet officials said. The man planned to board an eastbound train and ran in front of an approaching westbound train, said TriMet...


GRESHAM, Ore. --

 

A man intending to catch a MAX train near Gresham's City Hall was struck and killed by another train, TriMet officials said.

The man planned to board an eastbound train and ran in front of an approaching westbound train, said TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch. He either tripped or fell and became trapped under the tracks as the MAX train came to a grinding halt, according to witnesses.

Police said there were passengers on board the train when the accident occurred at about 8 p.m. The train had to be moved to allow police to remove the man's body from the tracks.

Adriana Moylett, who witnessed the incident, said she saw the body.

"I honestly thought they had taken the body away, but when I saw (him) just laying there, I was like, 'Oh my goodness.' That could have been someone's family member," Moylett said.

Other witnesses described it as a gruesome scene.

"We saw about eight firefighters push the MAX back and then they were slowly covering the body so no one else could see," said witness Brittany Gwyn.

The name of the man who died in the accident has not been released.

An investigation into the crash is under way.

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