August 28, 2010 21:30Last night, the Portland Police Bureau's Major Crash Team investigated the fatal crash involving a motorcycle and a TriMet bus. The crash occurred in the southbound lanes of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at Bryant Street. The TriMet bus stopped at the bus stop just north of Bryant and passengers began disembarking. According to witnesses, the motorcycle rider was driving southbound in the left lane then moved over to the right lane where the bus was stopped unloading passengers. The rider did not stop in time and crashed into the rear of the bus. Paramedics transported the rider to an area hospital where he died a short time later. The rider was wearing a helmet.
The deceased has been identified as 39-year-old Michael Anthony Ford of Southeast Portland. The driver of the TriMet bus is 47-year-old Jeffrey McMahan. No citations were issued as a result of this accident.
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This evening at 7:00 p.m., Portland Police Officers responded to Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Bryant Street on the report of a traffic crash involving a TriMet bus and a motorcycle. Officers arrived and found an adult male motorcycle rider down. The rider was transported to an area hospital where he passed away.
The Portland Police Bureau's Major Crash Team is on the scene and will continue the investigation. The names of the TriMet driver and the motorcyclist are being withheld at this time.
Traffic is blocked in the southbound lanes of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Morgan and Bryant Streets.
Sgt. Pete Simpson