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 Gray.
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.