April 25, 2010 20:14Update:
I have been contacted by the Hammel family and they have asked that any requests for information be channeled through our office. They have advised us that they are not currently interested in conducting interviews but are comfortable with our office acting to vet information gathered by reports.
The family asks that their privacy be respected during this trying time.
Notifications have been made for the second deceased individual from this incident. She has been identified as 22-year-old, Danielle Sale, of Vancouver, Washington.
Below is the list of available home towns and/or states for those injured in yesterdays accident:
Robert Erik Gittings of Idaho,
Jamie and Ryan Hammel of Portland, Oregon
Jenee (pronounced Jen with a capital A) of Gresham, Oregon.
We are still attempting to confirm if the next of kin have been notified for the second deceased individual and will release this information as soon possible.
Portland Police Investigators are releasing one of the names of the fatally injured pedestrians in this accident. The pedestrian has been identified as 26-year-old Jenee Hammel. She is the sister of Ryan Hammel and Jamie Hammel's sister-in-law.
The family of the other victim has not been notified.
Portland Police Investigators are releasing the names of the injured pedestrians in this accident as well as the name of the bus driver.
Robert E Gittings, a 22-year-old male, suffered critical injuries. Jamie Hammel, a 23-year-old female, suffered minor injuries and Ryan Hammel, a 28-year-old male, suffered minor injuries.
The Tri-Met driver has been identified as Sandi L Day, a 48-year-old female.
Ages of the injured and deceased victims in this crash are now available. The two fatal injuries were sustained by a 26-year-old and 22-year-old female. A 22-year-old male was critically injured. Finally, a 23-year-old female and 28-year-old male suffered relatively minor injuries.
The names of the victims will be available after notifications have been made.
On April 24th, 2010, just prior to midnight Portland Police Officers responded to an accident between a Tri-Met bus and several pedestrians. Officers arrived in the area of NW Broadway Blvd. and NW Glisan St. and found several pedestrians trapped beneath the bus.
Medical Units arrived and were able to extricate the pedestrians from beneath the bus but only one individual survived. Two adult females died at the scene. One adult male was transported to an area hospital and is in critical condition. As officers continued to investigate the accident they discovered two other individuals, one male and one female, with non-life-threatening injuries. Both were transported to area hospitals.
The Major Crash Team responded to the scene and began an investigation. The investigation is ongoing but initial interviews and an examination of the scene appear to indicate that the bus was turning from westbound on NW Glisan St. to southbound on NW Broadway Blvd. at the time of the accident. As the bus turned southbound it collided with a group of pedestrians crossing NW Broadway Blvd. westbound at NW Glisan St.
Speed did not appear to be a factor. The bus driver is cooperating with investigators. No arrests have been made in this incident at this time. The incident is still under investigation.
Portland Police Officers are responding to an accident involving a Tri-Met Bus that ran into an unknown number of pedestrians. The total number of injured and the extent of the injuries are currently unknown.
The PIO is responding to the scene. Officers are establishing a media staging area at NW 6th Avenue and NW Glisan Street. This is an ongoing accident investigation and we will provide additional updates as they become available.
Sgt. Pete Simpson