Man dies after getting hit by MAX train in SE Portland

Man dies after getting hit by MAX train in SE Portland
Firefighters pulled a man out from under a MAX train Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Dick Harris, Portland Fire & Rescue)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A man who was hit by a TriMet MAX train Sunday afternoon in Southeast Portland has died, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

Portland Police and TriMet are trying to figure out how 48-year-old Phu Van Nguyen ended up on the tracks in the first place.

It happened at the Division Street Station on the MAX Green Line.

Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman Ron Rouse said Nguyen was unconscious when rescuers first got to him. He "came to" when rescuers got him out from under the train. Nguyen was taken to the hospital but later died from his injuries.

The impact happened just after 4 p.m. The southbound Green line hit the man at the stop. Portland Fire and Rescue had 25 to 30 men and women working for almost an hour to get Nguyen out.  

A TriMet spokeswoman said the man was underneath the train for a while after the initial impact because of where the impact happened and because of the train’s speed.

Rescuers used airbags and jacks to raise the train up to get to Nguyen.

"He was in between the rails. And the rail is three inches high right there so you have to lift it another three to four inches just to get his body over the rail. I think that's what took so long,” said Rouse.

Several people who were on the train when the man was hit told KATU News they heard a loud thud and the train jolted when the impact happened.

MAX Green line service was suspended for two-and-a-half hours during the rescue and subsequent investigation. MAX Green line service has been restored.

No passengers were injured.