Portland Man Narrowly Escapes MAX Train
By Joe Simons
Ian Sutherland says he is fortunate to be alive.
He tried biking across the MAX tracks on 181st and Burnside when his front wheel got stuck. His headphones were in, so he did not realize the train was coming until it was close.
"I got my front wheel stuck in the track, and then unclipped from my pedal, put my foot down, and pushed away dragging the bike. Which was when the train got a hold of me." Sutherland said.
The train just grazed him thanks to his swift move. The impact threw him into a the middle of an intersection, and besides some bruising, is doing fine.
Rick Schaffer was operating the MAX when it happened. "It was a pretty scary moment for me. I'm just very very happy. I'm glad he's alive."