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Man struck by WES train in Tualatin in serious condition, OHSU says

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This story has been updated from its original version.


A cyclist remains in serious condition after he was struck by a WES commuter train in Tualatin.

Timothy Nester, 48, of Tualatin, was apparently crossing the train tracks near the intersection of Southwest Boones Ferry and Tualatin-Sherwood roads when he was hit at about 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, according to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

He was reportedly taken to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital hospital in Portland.

A spokesman with TVF&R said crews determined that the man had extensive trauma that required him to be hospitalized at OHSU rather than nearby Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in east Tualatin.

“He has significant trauma,” said Stefan Myers, a spokesman with the fire agency. “We're looking at significant injury.”

According to Lt. Greg Pickering, a spokesman with the Tualatin Police department, the WES train was leaving the Tualatin station, headed south towards Wilsonville at the time of the crash.

Nester was riding the bicycle in a marked pedestrian crossing, Pickering said. According to police, he rode directly into the path of the approaching train, and was struck. The safety equipment, which includes flashing lights, and horns appears to have been activated and working properly at the time of the collision, Pickering said.

Myers said that Nester was not trapped underneath the train.

“I'm not sure if he was aware of the train, but he was definitely trying to make it across the tracks,” said Myers.

According to Myers, multiple 911 calls were received, including one from the train's conductor.

When paramedics arrived, they found bystanders rendering first aid.

The collision is still under investigation. The investigation is being lead by the Transit Police Division, with assistance from the Tualatin Police, Portland and Western Railroad, and TriMet.


Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional information from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, TriMet and Oregon Health & Science University hospital. KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.