Thursday, August 10, 2017

UPDATE #3: Fatal Crash Investigation Underway on East Burnside Street

UPDATE #3: FATAL CRASH INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY ON EAST BURNSIDE STREET


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: August 10th, 2017 10:06 AM
Members of the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Investigation Unit continue to investigate this crash. Based on information learned during the investigation, it is believed there are additional witnesses that have not spoken to the police.

Anyone who may have information regarding this crash should contact Officer Garrett Dow at 503-823-5070 or Garrett.Dow@portlandoregon.gov.

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Based on witness interviews, Traffic Division investigators determined Langes drove a 2009 Nissan Leaf northbound on Southeast 99th Avenue and failed to stop for a red light at East Burnside Street. As the Nissan Leaf entered the intersection an eastbound TriMet MAX train had a signal to proceed through the intersection. When the train operator observed the Nissan Leaf enter the intersection against the red light, the operator engaged the emergency braking system; however, the train was unable to stop before a collision occurred.

The TriMet MAX train operator has cooperated with the investigation and officers will review video from the MAX train as the investigation continues.

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The driver who died in a Sunday evening crash involving a TriMet MAX train near East Burnside Street and Southeast 99th Avenue has been identified as 69-year-old Carmen Langes of Portland.

The Major Crash Team and Traffic Investigation Unit continue to investigate this crash.

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On Sunday August 6, 2017, at 4:10 p.m., East Precinct and Transit Division officers responded to the report of a crash involving a vehicle and TriMet MAX train near East Burnside Street at Southeast 99th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and found the driver, and only occupant of the involved vehicle, deceased. Preliminary information suggests no TriMet MAX passengers were injured.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team has responded to conduct an investigation.

East Burnside Street is closed in both directions from Southeast 97th Avenue to Southeast 102nd Avenue. Southeast 99th Avenue is closed north and south of East Burnside Street. TriMet Blue Line service is disrupted in the area. TriMet ridership should visit www.TriMet.org to learn information about the service disruption. Vehicle traffic and TriMet service is expected to be impacted for the next four hours as the investigation continues.

Updates will be provided on Monday.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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