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Woman who walked in front of MAX train, lost leg, sues TriMet for $24 million

By Aimee Green

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UPDATE Wednesday, Aug. 30: This story has been updated to show the settlement amount TriMet agreed to pay in the 2010 case of another woman who died after walking into the path of a MAX train.

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A woman whose leg was amputated when she inadvertently walked in front of a MAX train in Beaverton has filed a $24.6 million lawsuit against TriMet.

Andrea “Amy” Laing, who was 23 at the time of the November 2015 accident, also suffered broken ribs and fractures across her face.

In a lawsuit filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Laing faults TriMet for allegedly failing to install warning gates and flashing lights across the sidewalk that pedestrians use just before they cross the MAX tracks at the Elmonica station on Southwest 170th Avenue.

According to Beaverton police, witnesses said Laing was wearing earbuds, had a hood over her head and appeared distracted as she ran across the tracks when she was struck. Police said witnesses heard the train’s horn as it approached Laing.

J. Randolph Pickett, one of Laing’s Portland attorneys, declined comment. TriMet spokeswoman Angela Murphy also declined comment.

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