Pedestrian killed by MAX train identified as transient

PORTLAND – A 51-year-old pedestrian was killed after he fell into a MAX train in Northeast Portland Thursday morning has been identified as a transient, police said.

Emergency responders were called about 10:45 a.m. to the report that man had been struck by the train at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Burnside Street, said Lt. Eric Schober of the transit division.

The man, later identified as 51-year-old transient David Cain, was apparently walking along 122nd as the train was slowing to approach a platform on Burnside, Portland police said.

Witnesses said Cain was stumbling and appeared to be intoxicated when he began to cross 122nd as a MAX train was crossing, police said.

"The man stumbled forward and into the side of the rear MAX train car," a Portland police spokesperson said.

Crews arrived and found Cain suffering from traumatic injuries. Medical personnel were unable to save him, Schober said.

Some of the passengers jumped out to help, with one even wrapping a shirt around the man's head to help stop the bleeding, a witness told KGW. But Cain was pronounced dead at the scene.

A major crash team was investigating.


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