Two Struck and Killed By Public Bus in Portland, Ore.


Posted on 28th April 2010 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Authorities were trying to make sense of a tragic accident in Portland, Ore., where a TriMet bus struck and killed two pedestrians and injured three others.

 Mark Caton, the father of one of the surviving victims, in an interview said that the public bus had essentially “mowed down” the victims. His daughter Jamie Hammel, her husband, Ryan, Ryan’s sister and two friends had gone out last Saturday night to a comedy club.  

The accident happened at a crosswalk at Northwest Glisan Street and Broadway, one block away, approaching Ryan Hammel’s car when “the bus mowed them over,” according to Caton

Hammel and her husband were struck by the side of the bus. But Ryan Hammel’s sister Jenee Hammel, 26, of Gresham, and Danielle Sale, 22, of Vancouver, were hit head on. The two of them were killed.

Robert E. Gittings, 22, of Idaho, was in serious condition at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

 The TriMet bus was making turning from westbound Gilsan Street onto southbound Broadway when the bus hit the group of pedestrians who were crossing Broadway.

Speed wasn’t a factor in the crash and the bus driver, Sandi Day, 28, was cooperating with investigators. Day was uninjured in the crash. The accident is under investigation, with no arrests or citations issued yet.

 Jenee Hammel’s family held and a candle light memorial for her earlier in the week at the site of the fatal accident.



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