PORTLAND, Ore. – A woman who was hit and pinned beneath a MAX train on Thursday morning has died, despite efforts by firefighters to free her.
Firefighters said the 62-year-old victim was badly injured. Police said she was dragged by a train then got pinned under the train carriage.
Late Thursday night the medical examiner identified the woman as Yvonne Osredkar of Ridgefield, Wash.
She was an investigator with the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board.
Rescuers used a hydraulic lift to free Osredkar and she was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died from her injuries.
Osredkar was hit near the platform at NE 7th Ave. and Holladay Street, near Lloyd Center.
Investigators told a KATU reporter that Osredkar intended to cross the road at a mid-block crosswalk.
They think she likely saw an eastbound train stopped at the station and assumed it was safe to cross. However, there was westbound train approaching and she likely stepped in front of it.
After reviewing surveillance video, investigators believe Osredkar likely did not hear the train coming because of heavy construction under way north of the platform.
They don't believe the MAX operator was impaired at the time of the crash.
After the Blue, Green and Red lines were all disrupted by the crash, MAX service has been restored.
TriMet released a statement saying, "our thoughts and condolences go out to the woman's family and friends. Our thoughts and support are also with our train operator on what is truly a devastating day for all involved."