MAX train riders are being urged to be cautious as more people are being treated for panic on the tracks following a fatal crane bird crash on the train.
The bird, which was carrying a backpack full of food, fell off a MAX train Thursday night on a busy stretch of the train in Portland, Oregon.
It was a slow-moving train, so the crane bird had to be carried up onto a train car, a crew member said.
The crane bird’s owner was injured in the crash, but he is expected to make a full recovery, according to the crew member.
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) posted a message on Twitter Friday urging people to be mindful of the area.
“Do not cross the MAX tracks while walking, biking, or in other traffic, as the crane may fall onto the tracks and hit you,” the agency said.
“Be aware of your surroundings and follow instructions for the safety of yourself and others.”
The crane, which weighs approximately 150 pounds, was carrying the food for the family of one of the riders on the MAX.
The family of the rider said they are grateful for the quick response from the Portland Police Department.
“I think it’s good they are out there with their lights on and helping us, because we’re just a little concerned,” the family said.
“I just hope they’re doing everything they can to get the crane back to safety.
We just want it to be over.”