Rocks on MAX tracks: Was it sabotage?

BEAVERTON, Ore. - A MAX train was damaged after hitting a large rock that was on the tracks and TriMet believes someone may have placed it there on purpose.

Around 5 a.m. Thursday, a Blue Line train was heading into the Millikan Way MAX station when it hit a rock. No one was injured, but a hydraulic line on one of the train's cars was damaged and the train had to be removed from service.

Early estimates are the damage will cost $20,000 to fix, according to TriMet.

TriMet ended up finding two large rocks (each about 12 inches in diameter - bigger than a bowling ball) on the tracks and it was suspicious enough that they believe there is a person or persons responsible for putting them there.

Whoever is responsible could face criminal mischief charges, which is a felony.

"I have asked the Transit Police Division to investigate this incident, and when the person or persons responsible are found they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said TriMet Safety and Security Executive Harry Saporta. "We do suspect foul play because a train went through that area earlier without incident."

If you have information about what happened, call (503) 238-RIDE (7433).