Man killed while lying between railroad tracks

Officials aren’t saying much about this death that closed the MAX platform at 82nd Avenue …

This Union Pacific freight train is stopped, after it struck a man who police say was lying between the tracks.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

How the life of 27-year-old Jordan Douglas Hibler came to an end on July 23, 2016, at 2:40 p.m., is a matter of record; he was struck and killed by a passing Union Pacific train near NE 82nd Avenue and Halsey Street. However, why he was there and why it happened are still a mystery.

The train’s engineer applied full braking before Hibler was struck; but it took nearly a half mile for the train to come to a complete halt.

Police officers, detectives, and a Criminalist compare notes during the investigation the fatal incident.

Members of the Union Pacific Railroad Police were joined by officers from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Transit Police and TriMet officials.

Shortly afterward, the TriMet MAX Light Rail platform on NE 82nd Avenue was closed, as the investigation got underway.

“My friend just got off (MAX) and was walking up the stairs to the street when it happened,” said Anglia Martinez.

“He said it was just awful, like the guy somehow got caught up in the train, and it looked really bad for him,” Martinez told East Portland News.

Officials don’t know why 27-year-old Jordan Douglas Hibler, seen here in a 2010 MCDC booking photo, was laying near the railroad tracks when he was hit by a train.

Officers investigating the death determined that Hibler was lying down between the train tracks when he was struck by the train, revealed PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. “It is not known why Hibler was there,” he added.

The tracks in this area are fenced off from the adjacent TriMet MAX Light Rail line to the south, and against a steep ravine on the north.

Above the ravine, officers stand guard as the investigation continues.

Research indicates that Hibler had at least one run-in with the law, and that his last known address was in the Hosford Abernathy neighborhood.

© 2016 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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