Media sources reported that eight people suffered moderate and minor injuries in an accident involving a big rig and MAX light rail train in Hillsboro, Oregon Monday afternoon.
According to reports from the Hillsboro Police Department and Tri-Met investigators, the accident occurred shortly after noon on Monday when a big rig trailer collided with an eastbound MAX light rail train, blocking the intersection of Southeast 10th Street and Washington Street. When crews from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene, they discovered the front windshield of the light rail train smashed in and moderate damage done to the tractor portion of the big rig.
Rescue crews immediately began triaging the injured at the scene and found that the driver of the big rig and seven passengers onboard the train were in need of treatment for varying injuries. The big rig driver and five MAX passengers were taken to several local hospitals for treatment. A seventh train passenger was taken via private vehicle to a hospital while the eighth passenger refused medical treatment at the scene.
Hillsboro Police officials and Tri-Met investigators are continuing their investigation into the cause of the accident by interviewing both drivers and checking the operations of the signaling system at the intersection. As of yet, no statement has been made as to whether any citations may be issued.
As a Vancouver personal injury lawyer, I’m greatly relieved to hear that no one was more seriously injured in this potentially deadly accident. If you’ve suffered injury as the result of an accident that was caused by the negligence of another, contact a personal injury lawyer in your city to learn more about your rights as they pertain to the matter.