Hundreds of used needles found on MAX tracks

Hundreds of used needles found on MAX tracks

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by Ashley Korslien, KGW Staff

kgw.com

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 2:28 PM

PORTLAND -- A Portland man is upset after finding hundreds of needles on the MAX tracks near the Gateway Transit Station in Northeast Portland Wednesday.

Randy Salazar said he was riding his bike Wednesday evening when he noticed used needles on the tracks.

"I’m greatly horrified. I know that drugs are a problem in the community but when it’s localized so densely that it makes you sick it’s like, I don’t know what to do. I’m shaking,” Salazar said.

Salazar said he knows the needles are behind a fenced area which is off limits to the public, but he wants them cleaned up immediately.

KGW contacted TriMet to see what will be done about the needles.

A spokesperson said TriMet had not been notified about the problem previously, but is now putting together a team to go inspect the area and clean up the needles.

TriMet said the area where the needles were found is in a restricted area, which means the public is not allowed to be in there.

Officials believe the needles were not used on their property, but thrown in there after drug use.

TriMet urged the public to call 503-238-RIDE to report any dangerous items on the MAX tracks.

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