MAX train hits car in SE Portland

MAX train hits car in SE Portland
(Photo: Mary Loos, KATU News)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Blue Line MAX train bound for Gresham plowed into a small car in Southeast Portland Tuesday morning.

The train and car were both traveling eastbound on East Burnside near Southeast 108th Avenue when the driver suddenly made a left turn and was broadsided by the train.

The train smashed in the driver's side of the car and pushed it several hundred feet down Burnside. The airbags were deployed, but the driver still managed to get out of the passenger side of the car.

Sarah Gonzales lives just three houses down from the intersection.

"I've seen cars get stuck on the tracks, 'cause they'll turn and not see the curb and get stuck on the tracks. But I've never seen a car actually get hit," said Gonzales.

Her boyfriend called 911. Police and fire crews arrived within about three minutes, she said.

The MAX operator stopped the train to check on the driver. None of the passengers on the MAX was injured, and MAX service was not disrupted for long.

The driver of the car was injured, but the extent of those injuries is not known. He was also cited for making an illegal left turn which put him in the train's path.