This accident was right next to the MAX tracks, but did not interrupt light rail service

RITA A. LEONARD - A rear-end car crash at S.E. 17th and Pershing near a MAX crossing sent one driver to the hospital. On Tuesday morning, August 29, a rear-end crash between two compact cars at the intersection of S.E. 17th Avenue (northbound) at Pershing Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood sent one man to the hospital.

The 10 a.m. crash occurred at the point where the Orange MAX light rail line's safety bar descends to block drivers from proceeding north when a MAX train is approaching or passing through. It appeared that one car had stopped for the bar, and the car behind didn't manage to stop in time.

Portland Fire and Rescue's Engine 9, plus an AMR Ambulance and nearby Tri-Met personnel, joined police in quickly responding to evaluate the accident and treat the injured driver. After information was exchanged, the driver of the vehicle that was hit was placed on a gurney and taken to a hospital by ambulance.

We were unable to determine if the other driver had been cited in the mishap, which did not interfere with MAX service.

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