Outer East Portland MAX trains mow down two people; one dies

Just why pedestrians were on TriMet MAX Light Rail Blue Line tracks hasn’t been established. One died at the spot; the other is in serious condition …

When in Glenfair – and two nights later, in the Madison South neighborhood – people on the tracks are hit by TriMet MAX trains, investigators are called in.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

On the evenings of May 13 and May 15, pedestrians were struck on TriMet MAX Light Rail “Blue Line” tracks.

Man struck by MAX train in Glenfair, dies

Streets are closed off in the Glenfair neighborhood, after police find a man dead, having being struck by a MAX train.

In the first incident – on Friday, May 13, at 10:32 p.m. – Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were sent to an incident on East Burnside Street at 160th Avenue, involving a westbound MAX train and a pedestrian.

“Upon their arrival, officers unfortunately found the pedestrian to be deceased,” a PPB spokesperson said.

As the Portland Police Major Crash Team responds to investigate, the involved train remains parked on the tracks.

On May 17, police identified the dead man as 43-year-old Phillip Ellis Allen. Officials did not provide any other details of the fatal collision.
If you have information about it, please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, Attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference Case No. 22-126853, or call (503) 823-2103.

Madison South MAX vs. pedestrian injures one

Again, the PPB’s Major Crash Team come to investigate a collision, this time under the NE 82nd Avenue of Roses overpass.

Then, on Sunday, May 15 at 9:02 p.m., East Precinct officers were again dispatched to a another MAX accident at NE Jonesmore Street and 82nd Avenue of Roses, involving a different TriMet train and a pedestrian.

“Upon their arrival, officers found the pedestrian severely injured. The person was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries,” the police spokesperson reported.

Looking down the stairs to the TriMet MAX station, this crash investigation is underway.

However, nothing further was revealed about this incident either.

So if you can provide any information about this second incident, contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, Attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference Case No. 22-128626, or call (503) 823-2103.

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