Pedestrian hit by freight train in Beaverton

Police said she was looking at her phone when she was hit

A woman was hit by a freight train at Lombard and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway on April 20, 2017. (KOIN)
A woman was hit by a freight train at Lombard and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway on April 20, 2017. (KOIN)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — A 26-year-old pedestrian was seriously injured when she was hit by a freight train in Beaverton Thursday afternoon.

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue paramedics treated Cindy Rodriguez of Beaverton, who sustained significant injuries to her legs. She was taken to OHSU for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

The collision happened just a few blocks away from the Beaverton Police station so help was not far away.

“Our officers were able to apply tourniquets to the victim therefore when the firefighters and the medics got here they were able to just get her up and load her in [the ambulance] and get her to a local area hospital,” Beaverton Police spokesperson Mike Rowe said.

Beaverton Police spokesperson Mike Rowe said the 26-year-old was crossing against the train safety arms and looking at her phone when she was hit by a Portland and Western train at SW Lombard Avenue and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.

According to Beaverton police, witnesses said the train crossing arms, warning lights and pedestrian signals were all on and the train horn was going off when she was in the crosswalk.

TriMet said WES service was disrupted but trains are moving through the area again, with minor delays.

The roads were closed for several hours but have since reopened.

“This obviously is very serious and we definitely feel for the victim and for her family but you really have to pay attention,” Rowe said.

A woman was hit by a freight train at Lombard and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway on April 20, 2017. (KOIN)
A woman was hit by a freight train at Lombard and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway on April 20, 2017. (KOIN)