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Portland woman hit by cyclist on Tilikum Crossing

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A Portland woman says she was run down by a cyclist on the Tilikum Crossing bridge, and her injuries were so severe she was rushed to the hospital.

Carole Barkley says this all happened on Oct.11th when she was out walking her dog on Portland’s newest bridge.

Barkley says when she got to the west end of the bridge she noticed the crosswalk near the Orange Line MAX Platform and decided to cross.

“I went over and pushed the button, and stood there and waited for the lights to come on,” said Barkley. “I waited until it was safe to walk and then stepped out.”

At that point, a cyclist was making his way across the bridge, and apparently didn’t notice the red light.

“I remember thinking, 'no,' it was just very unreal,” said Barkely. “I was very concerned if my dog was okay, and fortunately she did not get hit. I took the brunt of everything.  It was a pretty hard blow.”

Barkley says that cyclist stayed with her after, and seemed apologetic, which she appreciated.  Witnesses, reportedly called 911.

“It was awful, this feeling of helplessness, I was in a lot of pain and couldn’t move,” said Barkely. “I cracked four ribs and separated my shoulder.  The doctor says recovery is anywhere from four to six weeks.”

Barkley says the collision highlights a safety issue on the bridge.  

“Quite frankly, I question if there should even be a crossing there,” said Barkley.  “There’s a lot of poles and electrical boxes, and the visibility is not good for either party.”

As it is right now, FOX 12 noticed two small traffic lights that warn cyclists of the crossing ahead. One just before it, and one just beyond it. But, nothing alerting them to the possibility of foot traffic when they first peddle on to the bridge. 

That’s something that Barkley believes needs to change. 

“I could have been killed, and the next person could be. It’s a terrifying thought.”

TriMet tells FOX 12 that they are currently looking into the incident along with the Portland Bureau of Transportation.  They say together, they’ll review the signal timing and placement and figure out if there are any ways they can improve the safety of the intersection.  

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