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Friday, August 27, 2010

BREAKING: TriMet Bus in Fatal Crash With Motorcyclist

Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 9:04 PM

A motorcyclist was killed after striking a TriMet bus stopped at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Bryant Street, authorities said this evening.

Portland police responded to the Northeast Portland crash, which happened just before 7 pm, and found a motorcyclist lying in the street. The man, whose name hasn't been released, was taken to a hospital where he died.

Bekki Witt, a spokeswoman for TriMet, said the #6 bus had yet to pull away from its stop when the motorcyclist, moving fast, rammed into it from behind. "It was at the stop, doing what it should have been doing," says Witt.

The bus had 15 to 20 passengers, none of whom reported any injuries, Witt said. The name of the driver also hasn't been released.

The crash comes hours after TriMet announced it had fired the bus driver in the agency's last fatal crash. But in that crash, in April, the driver, Sandi Day, was found at fault after turning left into a crowd of pedestrians, killing two.

Portland police are still investigating tonight's crash and may have more details about how it happened. As of 8 pm, traffic was blocked in both directions on MLK around the crash site.

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