POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Paramedics came to the rescue of a woman who was struck by an Amtrak train and became trapped underneath, Friday evening.
Crews were able to remove the pedestrian from under the railroad track after she was pinned between the train and the track, Friday, just after 5:30 p.m.
Officials said the train, which was heading from New York to Miami, stopped on the tracks just past the Pompano Beach Station, near North Andrews Avenue and Northwest 33rd Street.
The collision happened west of Interstate 95 and south of Sample Road. “I’d just missed the earlier train, and waiting on the next one, the 5:30, and heard the brakes hit from the Amtrak, and all pandemonium broke loose,” said rider John Concannon.
Police temporarily blocked the intersections of West Copans Road and North Andrews Avenue.
7’s Skyforce HD was over the scene as officials worked to retrieve the woman, who was alert and conscious.
Authorities said the southbound train trapped the woman underneath the front of the train for about 45 minutes.
She was airlifted as a trauma alert to Broward Health North and is alive, according to Broward Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Gina Carter.
The ordeal added hours to the commute on a busy Friday night. “We’ve been waiting since 5 o’clock waiting to get a ride home,” said commuter Ricky Stubbs.
One side of the track reopened at around 7:30 p.m.
Investigators worked well into the evening, examining under the train, while stranded riders like Mike McIver tied to make the best out of a bad situation. “Stuff happens. What are you going to do?” he said. “You delayed your trip? It’s delayed. What are you going to do?”
The train was cleared from the area at around 8:30 p.m.
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