(Hillsboro, Oregon – October 24, 2011)
At least 9 people were injured in Portland, OR Monday afternoon when the Tri-Met “Max” light rail commuter collided at the intersection of Southeast 10th Street and Washington Avenue in suburban Hillsboro, OR about 12:20 P.M. Seven passengers aboard the train were injured as well as the train’s operator and the driver of the 18-wheeler loaded with automobiles.
The truck’s driver, John Stanton, 51, of El Paso, TX said he thought the traffic light was green for him, but was cited by Hillsboro Police for “failing to obey a traffic control device” after investigators determined that the light was actually red.
The trucker and six passengers aboard the train were transported to local hospitals for treatment of various injuries, while the train’s engineer and one other passenger were treated at the scene by paramedics.