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Arizona Train Accident: Tempe Light Rail Hits Woman, Traps Her

On Tuesday in Tempe, Arizona, a train accident occurred when a woman fell into the path of a light rail train, trapping her underneath.

Tempe Police Lt. Scott Smith said that at around 11 a.m., a 40-year-old woman was struck by the Metro train as it approached the Smith Martin-Apache Light Rail Station near McClintock Drive and Apache Boulevard. He stated:

"She was partially underneath the front light rail vehicle that was pulling into the light rail platform."

Tempe Fire Department and Chandler Fire Department personnel arrived on the scene to extricate the pedestrian.

Smith revealed that the woman was responsive when emergency crews got to her. He said:

"She was speaking to both police and fire, which is always a good sign."

Tempe police spokeswoman Molly Enright said that the woman was conscious and breathing, but that she was transported to a hospital for head and arm injuries, which are being reported as non-life threatening.

At this time, it is unclear as to exactly how the woman ended up trapped under the train.

As a Phoenix accident lawyer, you see these sorts of bizarre incidents from time to time.

It is yet clear how this woman ended up being struck by the train, and it could likely be down to simple inattention on her part. A police investigation should help identify the cause.

Our Phoenix accident law firm hopes for the speedy and full recovery of the woman who was injured. We will keep you updated on any new information that is released on this story.

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