MAX lines restored after Hummer hits pole, more repairs needed
photo courtesy of Dustin Johnson
Brian E. Anderson
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
TriMet's Green and Yellow MAX lines that run downtown along 5th and 6th Avenues are back in service after a Hummer slammed into a pole that supports the overhead wires for the trains.
Portland Police say the crash occurred early Sunday morning at the west end of the Steel Bridge most likely as a result of drunk driving. The driver was not injured but police say a breathalyzer test showed his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
The crash knocked out one support pole for the overhead MAX lines and damaged a signal head and two other poles.
After a few hours of disruption Sunday morning, Green and Yellow lines downtown along 5th and 6th Avenues were returned to service. However, a TriMet spokesperson says it's only a temporary fix and that more repairs need to be made, meaning more disruptions are likely.
Red and Blue lines are unaffected.
The driver of the Hummer H2 has been identified as Brian Anderson, age 38, of north Portland. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of DUII and Reckless Driving. Anderson could face additional charges in connection with the damage to the MAX line.
Court records show that Anderson has been issued more than 40 tickets in 2012 alone for a myriad of parking-related offenses, including overdue meters, expired tags, and other such minor violations.
A TriMet spokesperson say they will seek reimbursement from the driver for the cost of the repairs associated with the crash.
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