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Train bridge victim, 18, identified

The 18-year-old killed late Friday on the train bridge south of St. Johns has been identified as Taishawn Nathaniel Millage.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner has determined that Millage drowned after being knocked into the Willamette River by a train crossing the bridge.Police say is unknown why Millage, a North Portland resident, was walking on the train bridge.

According to police, at 11:13 p.m. June 6, Central Precinct officers responded to the 7100 block of Northwest Front Avenue on the report that someone had been struck by an eastbound train on the train bridge South of the St. Johns Bridge. Additional information was received that the person was knocked into the water.

Officers arrived and located the victim, later identified as Millage, in the water near the shore. Officers pulled him from the water and performed CPR but their efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

The Portland Police Bureau is the lead investigating agency and was assisted by Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF), Union Pacific Railroad, and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.