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Old 10-08-07, 11:08 AM   #1
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My friend was hit by a train in Portland yesterday

I just found out that the cyclist hit by the commuter train in Portland yesterday is my buddy James. He is one of my fellow commuters here at work (Boise) and is always in the locker room in the mornings with us. I Have ridden in with him a few times and he is a very careful cyclist. My guess is that he found himself distracted and disoriented in a strange city with trains (we have none like that) and just ended up at the wrong place at the wrong time. It is possible it could have easily happened to me as well. I guess he will survive but may wish he had not for a while. Anyway, I just feel horrible about it. This one struck very close to home.

link: http://www.katu.com/news/10301747.html
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/orego...460.xml&coll=7

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Old 10-08-07, 11:46 AM   #2
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Wow! Looks like he lucked out.

Glad it wasn't worse for him, and I hope he heals up fast!
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Sorry to hear that. Hopefully he makes a complete recovery.
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wow, I hope he has a full, speedy recovery
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I'm glad he fared well.
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Thanks folks. We are pretty shocked around the office today. I can't believe he lived through it.
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Boy, there must be a lot of bike accidents in Portland. I was there a couple weeks ago and the news showed where a person had ridden smack into the side of a bus. The window was all starred from the cylist's impact.

Must be related to all those cycles I see there, nothing like here in Detroit.

I hope your friend recovers soon.
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Old 10-08-07, 06:57 PM   #8
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Boy, there must be a lot of bike accidents in Portland. I was there a couple weeks ago and the news showed where a person had ridden smack into the side of a bus. The window was all starred from the cylist's impact.

Must be related to all those cycles I see there, nothing like here in Detroit.

I hope your friend recovers soon.
Which part is nothing like Detroit - a lot of cycles, or a lot of buses and mass transit? (I just moved from there, so I know).
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Holy Cow! I've never heard of anyone surviving a light rail hit. Your frind has a lot of luck. Does he play the lottery? :-)
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YIKES! That's a strange one! I can't believe he survived such a collision. Wish him a speedy recovery! What an amazing combination of good and bad luck.
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He got "lucky" in that the collision happened in one of the areas where the tracks are on top the grade level, not set flush, so he had a just enough extra room. One of my friends witnessed the accident, and a whole lot of marathon runners went by the scene. Glad he is expected to recover. I can't imagine what must have gone through his mind while it was happening.
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Was it this collision, by chance?

http://bikeportland.org/2007/10/07/c...max/#more-5432
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Sawtooth - have you spoken to your friend yet? How is he doing? Any status updates?
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Sweet Jeebus, Sawtooth. I hope he pulls through without any permanent issues.
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Great post highcyclist! that is one lucky SOB. THe only possible positive outcome out of this is he now has to buy a new bike ), after some healing and physical therapy!
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I just found out that the cyclist hit by the commuter train in Portland yesterday is my buddy James. He is one of my fellow commuters here at work (Boise) and is always in the locker room in the mornings with us. I Have ridden in with him a few times and he is a very careful cyclist. My guess is that he found himself distracted and disoriented in a strange city with trains (we have none like that) and just ended up at the wrong place at the wrong time. It is possible it could have easily happened to me as well. I guess he will survive but may wish he had not for a while. Anyway, I just feel horrible about it. This one struck very close to home.
The fact that he was from out of town explains a great deal. The news is describing him as a Portland resident. It's amazing that he survived. Generally speaking, being hit by a light rail train means death to a cyclist or pedestrian. That particular intersection is one that we learn to be very cautious around. It's a very steep downhill. Since everyone here thinks he's from Portland, they are baffled by what happened. I wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.

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Boy, there must be a lot of bike accidents in Portland. I was there a couple weeks ago and the news showed where a person had ridden smack into the side of a bus. The window was all starred from the cylist's impact.

Must be related to all those cycles I see there, nothing like here in Detroit.
The number of collisions and deaths have remained the same as ridership has increased. Because of the increase in bike riding all over the city, collisions involving bicyclists are big news and are covered by all the TV stations as well as the newspaper.
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