On February 16, 2012 a Tri-Met bus hit a female pedestrian attempting to cross Pacific highway at Walnut Street in Tigard Oregon. Tigard Police responded to the accident scene to help the wounded pedestrian and investigate. The pedestrian was rushed to Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) with apparently severe injuries. Her condition has been described as critical.
Tigard police believe poor visibility, rain and the pedestrian’s dark clothing contributed to the crash. Neither the Tri-Met driver nor the pedestrian was cited.
Tri- Met has recently adopted a mandatory “recertification” process for its drivers. Many older drivers see the recertification process as an attempt by Tri-Met management to clear its ranks of “old timers”. Others believe Tri-Met is attempting to respond to a series of tragic Tri- Met Crashes in recent years. Once of the worst Tri-Met crashes occurred in April 2010. Several pedestrians were killed in that event involving a younger Tri-Met driver who was eventually fired by Tri-Met in the wake of intense public pressure.