April 20 2019
BEAVERTON, Oregon - A woman who was apparently using her cell phone was hit by a freight train in Beaverton Thursday afternoon.
Cindy Rodriguez, 26, was hit around 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of Southwest Lombard Avenue and Beaverton Hillsdale Highway.
"The officers took quick action applied tourniquets and then she was transported via ambulance," said Mike Rowe, public information officer for Beaverton Police.
The woman was looking at her phone, and was in a crosswalk when she was hit, Rowe said. The train's safety barriers were down and warning lights were flashing, witnesses told police. The conductor operator could be heard sounding the horn, and he went out onto the engine's walkway to yell at Rodriguez in an attempt to get her attention.
"The train engineer and conductor both saw her and were doing everything they could to get her attention and to get the train to stop," Rowe said in a news release.
All warning devices around the tracks were active, including crossing arms, flashing lights and train horn. Additionally, the report said the conductor was on the engine walkway yelling to get Rodriguez's attention.
"That particular train we hear two or three times a day. It's really loud, so I feel for her, I hope she's okay," a witness told reporters.
Medics rushed the woman to a hospital. She suffered significant injuries to her legs, firefighters said.
Rowe said the woman's injuries were life-threatening. Her name was not immediately released.