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After collisions and close calls, TriMet asks people to be alert of MAX trains

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

As collisions and close calls continue, TriMet is asking people to be alert and safe when it comes to moving MAX trains.

On Monday, a 23-year-old woman was hit by a train at the Elmonica MAX station at Southwest 170th Avenue in Beaverton.

Andrea Laing, 23, had her leg severed and remained in a coma Friday.

Police said she was wearing a hoodie and earbuds when she was hit.

TriMet said clothing, smartphones and earbuds can all play a role in preventable accidents.

"We train our operators to anticipate people's behaviors, but we need your help," said Harry Saporta, TriMet's executive director of safety and security.

MAX operators sound their horn when approaching any station, but TriMet executives said it doesn't help if people aren't listening.

The agency released surveillance video Friday of several close calls.

In one video, a woman at the Gateway Transit Center doesn't stop before walking on the tracks. She notices the train and jumps back just in time to avoid being hit.

In another case, a woman believed to be wearing earbuds walked without stopping or turning her head onto the rail crossing at Northeast Kelly Avenue in Gresham. She finally looked up just in time while in the middle of the tracks with the train barreling down.

Another video shows a man in a mobility device crossing against the pedestrian signal on North Interstate Avenue at Lombard, seemingly unaware of the approaching train.

In each case the MAX operators deployed the brakes, helping to avoid a collision.

Laing's wife sent a statement to FOX 12 on Friday regarding TriMet's push for pedestrians to pay more attention.

"It's really easy for Trimet to tell people to be safe and aware, but the fact is that it's not enough. Trimet isn't doing all they can to prevent these tragedies, because they don't want to pay what it would cost to do so. These incidents will continue unless Trimet implements standardized safety measures for pedestrians at every stop," the statement said.

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