Young woman on bicycle struck, killed by Metro light rail train
HOUSTON— A young woman on a bicycle was hit and killed early Monday morning by a Metro light rail train in downtown Houston.
Witnesses say the woman, believed to be a college student, was a
passenger on a northbound train that stopped at the platform between
McKinney and Walker.
Witnesses say she pushed her bicycle onto the platform but then
immediately got onto the bicycle and rode away as the oncoming
southbound train arrived.
"A number of witnesses indicated that she walked her bike off the
train and then got back on her bike and started riding west on Walker.
And that’s when the collision occurred," said Metro spokesperson Jerome
She was hit by train 116 as she tried to cross Main at Walker. The
train lurched to a stop approximately 20 yards later with the woman’s
body pinned underneath. A fellow passenger who identified himself only
as Tyson described what he saw.
"I walked over and looked, and I see two bare feet sticking up. So there wasn’t anything anybody could do," Tyson said.
Firefighters used heavy equipment to lift the train, but it was too late. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Gotta pay attention to what you’re doing," said passerby Hector
Kleine. "You know if you don’t pay attention you end up getting killed."
Metro says its investigation will include a full inspection of the
crosswalk warning signs to make sure they were in proper working order.
The female victim has not been identified.
The accident shut down Metro train service between the Main Street
Station and the University of Houston Downtown for about three hours.