Light rail train strikes elderly woman in Seattle's Rainier Valley

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 28 at 5:54 PM

SEATTLE -- An elderly woman suffered life-threatening injuries after she was struck by a link light rail train near South Graham Street and Martin Luther King Way South in Seattle's Rainier Valley Friday afternoon.

Seattle Fire Department spokesman Jeff Kappel said the woman was crossing the intersection using a walker at the time. The 86-year-old woman was transported to Harborview Medical Center with head trauma. She was last listed in critical condition.

Witnesses told police the train operator saw the woman in the intersection, blew its horn several times, used his emergency brake and tried to stop.

Police said the woman had started walking into the intersection when the walk sign was red.  She was crossing against the signal when she was hit.

Officers evaluated the 39-year-old light rail operator for signs of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs, but nothing was detected.

Since the Sound Transit link rail began operations, there have been a total of 12 pedestrians hit. Three were fatal, one was suicide.


KING 5's Linda Brill and Liza Javier contributed to this report.

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